Smashing Pumpkins have marked their return with the release of two new songs in the shape of ‘Cyr’ and ‘The Colour of Love’.
The semi-reunited band, who have a line-up which resembles that of their original format with founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder, have been teasing new material for a number of days.
“‘Cyr’ is dystopic folly,” Corgan said in a statement. “One soul against the world sort of stuff, set against a backdrop of shifting loyalties and sped up time. To me it stands as both hopeful and dismissive of what is and isn’t possible with faith.”
The band also recorded a performance video for ‘Cyr’ during the lockdown, each member contributing from their respective quarantines in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Speaking about the visual creation, the video’s director Linda Strawberry said: “This is a goth fever dream of pent up emotion – an artistic visual release attempting to create a momentary escape from the emotional black cloud hanging over all of us this year.
“A dark seduction filmed in quarantine at a social distance.”