Smashing Pumpkins are working on a mammoth new project. The Billy Corgan-led outfit have begun the recording process of a new 33-song album which has been described as a sequel to their 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and their Machina LPs, which were first released in 2000.
The news arrived through a social media update from the band, who wrote: “Starting new SP album today, the 33-song sequel to MCIS and Machina,” as a caption on Instagram, accompanying a grainy image of a drum kit. “Songs are written, lyrics too… so now it’s just record-record-record,” Corgan added.
The latest update comes after months of speculation around the band’s planned output, gossip that has been rife since Corgan stated his intentions to take the band in a somewhat different direction: “It was written to be kind of like a musical, but because it was never finished, it was like shooting a movie that wasn’t fully edited right,” Corgan stated in October last year.
“’Machina I’ was like one edit of the footage, and ‘Machina II’ was some of the leftover footage – but there was even more stuff leftover,” he added.
“So, this was my attempt, 20 years later, to kind of finish the movie and in the process of trying to finish the movie, realising the movie can never be finished because a lot of stuff wasn’t finished.”
See the post, below.