SMASHING PUMPKINS Upcoming Record to Be A Double Album
SMASHING PUMPKINS leader and frontman BILLY CORGAN sat down with the Tennessean to discuss the band’s upcoming studio album, which is currently being recorded in Nashville. the album is slated for a 2020 release and will serve as a follow up to 2018’s “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” , which was SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ first album in over 18 years to feature founding members BILLY CORGAN, JIMMY CHAMBERLIN and JAMES IHA with longtime guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER .
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BILLY CORGAN discussed the approach for the next SMASHING PUMPKINS record by saying
“When we got back together with JAMES IHA we went in with RICK RUBIN and did eight songs. It was put out as a formal album, but I said at the time — and I did mean it — in my eyes, it wasn’t an album. We didn’t approach it like we’ve approached every other album we’d ever done, which is more like making a movie.
“In many ways, this is the first real album [since the reunion] where we’ve hunkered down and made a classic, ‘Let’s throw it all at the wall and see what happens’ type of PUMPKINS record. I’ve been working on it for over a year. It currently is at 21 songs, and we’re going to release it as a double this year.
“This is the first album since the album that came out in 2000, ‘Machina’, where me, James and Jimmy worked on something for a very long time. It’s got a greater conceptual base, and it’s probably a wider swath of music. The last one was kind of like, ‘Let’s just jump in, record some stuff real fast, and let it be what it is,’ … so I’m excited about this, because we’re kind of back in the lane of taking a risk, and trying to bring something new to the table, as opposed to just aping what we’re known for.”
BILLY CORGAN was asked why the band chose Nashville to record their latest EP he revealed:
: “It’s a bit of a lot of things. Certainly Nashville affords studios that still run like old-fashioned studios, which I prefer. There’s obviously a lot of musicians here you can work with, and the people I work with live here. Plus, the NWA office, my wrestling company, is out of Nashville, so I’m down here a lot anyway just for wrestling business. And I like it. It’s no surprise that it’s one of the fast-growing cities in America, and certainly has great history — nothing that you don’t know. But for me, as a Chicagoan that would come here in the early ’90s when there were tumbleweeds rolling down [Broadway], it’s great to see the city be revived and totally on fire.”
BILLY CORGAN’s latest release was his solo album Cotillions”, in November via his own Martha’s Music label. The album was issued under his full name, WILLIAM PATRICK CORGAN.