Red Hot Chili Peppers: ‘Our new singles need to come out’

Band say the 18 new tracks they will release next month were too good not to see the light of day

Red Hot Chili Peppers have said the 18 new singles they will release over the next six months “need to come out”.

The tracks, which were all recorded during the band’s sessions for their 2011 studio album ‘I’m With You’, will be released as nine double A-sided 7” singles over the next six months.

Speaking to Billboard about the releases, drummer Chad Smith said: “We just wanted them to come out because we just really like them. 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.”

He added: “They’re just really good songs and they just need to come out…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 first tracks to come out are titled ‘Strange Man’ and ‘Long Progression’ and they will be released on August 11. ‘Magpies’ and ‘Victorian Machinery’ will follow on September 11. 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”.

After a string of UK and Ireland dates in June, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on a break before resuming their world tour in Europe on July 20. However, Smith says the band have been working on new material – with Smith, bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer working on new material while frontman Anthony Kiedis 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.”

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