Hawkers West Coast IPA x Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
The next album is an absolute masterpiece album from one of the best bands in the rock music world.
The album is the seventh studio album from @chilipeppers , the brilliant “Californication”. The album signalled the return of guitarist John Frusciante, and his return signalled a significant shift in their sound compared to their previous releases with former guitarist Dave Navarro, who was fired from the band over creative differences.
In the years following his departure, Frusciante became addicted to heroin and cocaine, leaving him in poverty and near death. Friends convinced him to enter drug rehabilitation in January 1998, and once he got clean Flea visited him and invited him to rejoin the band.
The return of Frusciante included a push for the band to change their sound to become a more progressive rock act. The progressive sound is really strong in this album, and this departure from the sound they were so well known was as brilliant as it was totally unexpected.
The album still had moments of brilliant funk rock that the band is well loved for; but the new sound was much more sedate and the lyrics much more introspective, drawing from the struggles and the turbulent lives experienced by Anthony Keidis and John Frusciante.
This change in sound and the introspective nature of the album was a massive hit. The album was a number one album in seven countries, made the Top Five is another twelve countries. The album has sold over 11 million copies and “Scar Tissue” was the tenth most popular song as voted by @triple_j listeners in the 1999 #hottest100.
Now for the beer, and a favourite album needs one of our favourites. Now it’s fair to say that we love West Coast IPA’s, and the West Coast IPA from @hawkersbeer is one of our favourites. The band and this brew both coming from West Coast of the USA is totally perfect. The pine and resin flavours, combined with the bitter finish is so good. The team at Hawkers are creating brilliant beers, and this one is right up there as their best brew.
Album: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
Brew: Hawkers West Coast IPA
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