Smashing Pumpkins are back in the studio working on another album, according to a new interview with guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
“We’re about halfway through working on another big album, which is, basically, I guess, a sequel to Mellon Collie [And The Infinite Sadness] and Machina, so it’s the third in a trilogy – more of a concept-based album. And this one is 33 songs,” Schroder explained.
“Even for me as a guitar player, usually you’re always kind of working on things and you have a bunch of ideas to try on these new tracks,” he adds. “And then, after four songs, you’re like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta come up with some other stuff.’ So, then you work hard and get through the first 11 songs, and you’re like, ‘Oh, wait a second. That’s only the first act. I’ve got two more acts to go!'”
If you are a Smashing Pumpkins fan, casual or devoted or otherwise, the idea of a new 33-song album described as a sequel to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness surely either inspires feelings of unbridled enthusiasm or palpable dread. The good news is that three-quarters of the Mellon Collie lineup is now back in the band, so some of those creative juices and sparks of chemistry are sure to carry over, right? Right?!
The reformed lineup of Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlain, plus Schroeder, have released two records since 2018: Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. and Cyr. Both have wildly different character counts, lengths, and sounds, so you can’t say that the boys in the band aren’t continuing to be grand in their ambitions.
The news comes on the heels of the band announcing the release of a Billy Corgan acoustic set of Adore-era material on vinyl as part of the band’s newly-christened Archives series.
You can check out the announcement in Schroeder’s interview with Audio Ink Radio down below.