Billy Corgan has confirmed that The Smashing Pumpkins will release a new double album this year.
The band, who formed 32 years ago, reunited with founding members James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin in 2018 and recorded the band’s tenth studio album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., much to the delight of their huge fanbase.
Since then, Smashing Pumpkins have performed a number of sell-out shows and frontman Corgan has been busy working away on solo material. Now though, in a somewhat surprise move, Corgan has confirmed that band will release a wealth of new material later this year in what he has called their “first real album” since the band’s reunion, adding that it is “classic, ‘Let’s throw it all at the wall and see what happens’ type of Pumpkins record.”
Corgan added in the interview with Tennessean: “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 [Iha] and Jimmy [Chamberlin] 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.”
After elaborating as to why the bad has chosen to release new music, Corgan added: “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.
He continued: “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.”