t's only been nine months since the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their latest album, I'm With You, but the band plans to make 18 new tracks available sometime later this year. According to Consequence Of Sound, bassist Flea recently tweeted that the band has "been writing stuff while touring," adding that they will "put out 18 new songs over the next 6 months on 7 inch and digi." Drummer Chad Smith chimed in next, tweeting, "Over the next 6 months at least 10 more IWU b sides I promise!" Finally, singer Anthony Kiedistold the crowd at a show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, "We got a storm of seven-inches coming out over the next six months. Keep one eye open."
There's no word yet on what percentage of the new songs will be released physically or digitally, and how many of them will be brand new or left over from the sessions for I'm With You.
The Chili Peppers are known for usually taking long amounts of time between new batches of songs, with five years between I'm With You and its predecessor, Stadium Arcadium.
Smith told us that some of the new songs started coming together earlier this year after the start of the band's tour was postponed so that Kiedis could recover from foot surgery: "Normally, in Chili Pepper world, if we had a month off, we wouldn't like get together and like write some song ideas. We always just wrote songs when it was time for an album cycle, you know. But we were just like, everyone just wanted to play, you know. It was great."
The band is in the midst of an extensive world tour which brings them to Detroit on Friday night (June 1st), with dates booked around the globe well into next November.