Mars Volta, ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarists give away album

John Frusciante (pictured) and Omar Rodriquez-Lopez are set to 'give it away'
John Frusciante (pictured) and Omar Rodriquez-Lopez are set to 'give it away' (Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Corbis)

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and Omar Rodríguez-López from The Mars Volta have teamed up for a new album, and here's the best part: they're giving it away.

Apparently, the 30-minute instrumental offering, titled simply Omar Rodríguez-López and John Frusciante, was recorded "many years ago," according to the duo, and while a few tracks such as 0 - yes, that's the name - have leaked out, most of the songs have been unreleased until now.

The album is part of a regular series of collaborations initiated by The Mars Volta guitarist and is available for download at his website.

It's totally free, but fans are encouraged to donate whatever they can to the Keep Music In Schools charity. The recording will also be made available for purchase on CD and vinyl later this year.

In related news, Frusciante, who left the Red Hot Chili Peppers last year, has a new band called Swahili Blonde. The lineup, so far, consists of Frusciante and percussionist Nicole Turley (of Weave). But Duran Duran's John Taylor is said to pop up, along with Alina Meyer and her father, Devo's Alan Meyer. You can hear a few tracks from the group's debut album, Man Meat, on their MySpace page.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.