The Red Hot Chili Peppers are about to lay a bunch of new music on their fans.
Starting next month, the group will release nine singles, each with two songs, as digital downloads and seven-inch vinyl pressings. "Strange Man"/"Long Progression" will lead off on Aug. 14, followed by "Magpies"/"Victorian Machinery" on Sept. 11 and "Never Is a Long Time"/"Love of Your Life" on Oct. 2. Dates and lineups for the other six singles are still being determined, and there's no word on whether the group will subsequently package them all together at any point.
"We just wanted them to come out because we just really like them," drummer Chad Smith tells Billboard.com. "We didn't want them to get lost, so we're gonna put them out, mainly for our fans. They would've waited for the Warner Bros. box set in, like, 2020, if there's even a record company around then. I'm glad they're going to see the light of day because it's an important part of the band and what we were doing at the time."
Smith says he finds it "hard to explain" what the first two songs sound like but describes "Long Progression" as "kind of a flowing, kind of midtempo funk" track that "almost made the record," replaced on "I'm With You" by "Goodbye Hooray." "They're just really good songs and they just need to come out," explains Smith, who's just released a concert album, "Live Meat and Potatoes," with his Bombastic Meatbats and is expecting his third son with wife Nancy in late August (he has three other children from previous relationships). "We're OKing them for the mixes, and I'm like, 'That one! I forgot about that one! That one's really good! So it's really cool to hear these again and know they're going to get out there."
The Chili Peppers are currently on a break before resuming their world tour in Europe on July 20, playing mostly festival and stadium dates. The group comes home to play at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 4 as well as a pair of shows Aug. 11-12 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The group has more European dates booked in August and the Middle East in September before returning to North America for a swing that includes the Austin City Limits Festival on Oct. 14.
The group plans to stay on the road into 2013 but may have a head start on its next album thanks to jamming Smith, bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer did while frontman Anthony Keidis was recovering from foot surgery earlier this year.
"Those are just waiting," Smith says. "We'll go back to those when we start writing again, I'm sure -- or not. We're just always trying to come up with new stuff; usually the latest and greatest is what we use, but you never know. If there's something that's really good or if Anthony's really connected to any of them, that sometimes has something to do with it, so we'll see."