Red Hot Chili Peppers plan to release 18 previously unreleased songs from the "I'm With You" recording sessions beginning in August.
Each of the tracks will be available worldwide both digitally and on vinyl, with two sides per seven-inch. Each of the nine seven-inches released will be able to combined by fans to create one larger piece of artwork.
The first pair of sides - "Strange Man" on the A-side and "Long Progression" on the B-side - will be released on August 14, 2012.
The second pair of sides - Magpies and Victorian Machinery - will be released on September 11, 2012. The third pair of sides - "Never Is A Long Time" and "Love Of Your Life" - will be release on October 2, 2012. The fourth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released November 6, 2012. The fifth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released December 4, 2012 and the sixth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released December 18, 2012. The final two releases will be released in early 2013.
"Finding songs that seem to want to join hands with others is a special task that require the right people... and the right songs!" said RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. "Some songs seem to have a lot more of an agenda than others. Some songs play well with others and some songs need more attention and a little extra care. Here are some songs that seemed to want to pair up and take a later train. Keep your eye on them, they're up to something..."
Each of the nine seven-inches will feature cover artwork by Kelsey Brookes. Brookes' well-documented background in microbiology, surf culture and folk art combine in explosive prisms of raucous color, bold imagery and timeless motifs. His work has appeared in countless group shows, art fairs, and magazines such as GQ, Modern Painters, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay and Dazed and Confused.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on a world tour in support of I'm With You, and playing sold out arenas around the globe.