Published Jul 17, 2012In addition to manning the bass for the Red Hot Chili Peppers for almost 30 years, Flea has contributed to groups like Rocket Juice and the Moon and the Thom Yorke-equipped Atoms for Peace, but he has yet to release a full-blown solo collection. That will soon change, as the funk-loving bassist is preparing to drop his first-ever solo EP.
The Patti Smith-featuring collection is called Helen Burns. Flea explained in a series of posts on Twitter, "I am putting out an ep i made by myself in a couple of days. it is obscure arty mostly instrumental music, except when patti smith sings… my ep is called helen burns... all proceeds from my helen burns ep will go towards the silverlake conservatory of music... it will be available for down load at any price you want to pay, it will be a donation to the silverlake conservatory of music... will also be vinyl, which i will autograph, and inside will be a piece of a bass string that i have played in concert 75 dollars for that. "
He added, "the information on how to get my helen burns solo flea ep will be coming within the next 2 days," and then elaborated, "i recorded most of the ep when we finished our tour for stadium arcadium. it is not rhcp music or even close to it. it is a trippy freakout... on helen burns, i play trumpet, bass, synthesizers, drum machine, piano, and a bunch of other shit."
As Consequence of Sound points out, Flea has been talking about this collection for several years. He told the Los Angeles Times back in 2008, "I've been making a record at home and it's nearly done. It's mostly instrumental stuff but I have Patti Smith singing on it and the choir from the school but mostly it's an instrumental record. I'm not sure how to describe it but a lot of people have described it as cinematic, like soundtrack music. It's not really a commercial enterprise, it's not going to be on rock radio or anything. The record is based on the character Helen Burns from Jane Eyre. I love Charlotte Bronte and all of the Bronte sisters. "
Listen to Flea's previous solo composition, "I've Been Down," below, and expect more information about Helen Burns by the end of the week.