There were rumours flying last year that the original and classic line up of The Smashing Pumpkins were getting back together. The rumours were fuelled by Billy Corgan himself who hinted at doing something with old and familiar faces.
It has finally been announced that Corgan, along with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will tour the US this summer. It’s promised to be a show “unlike any [the band] have ever done”, according to Corgan, with material culled from the band’s first five albums.
In just two short years, Zwan demoed and recorded a huge amount of material. Whether in their electric format (The True Poets of Zwan) or stripped back and more acoustic driven (Djali Zwan), the Billy Corgan-fronted project showed a great depth and inventiveness.
Always a prolific writer, with Zwan, Corgan occasionally showed off his power pop influences (‘Lyric’, ‘Yeah’) alongside expansive prog rock indulgences (‘Jesus I/Mary Star of the Sea’). While not always championed by everyone, this varied approach to material ensured Zwan’s only studio album remains a thrilling listening experience years after the event.
As part of the promotion for their 2014 release ‘Monuments To An Elegy’, The Smashing Pumpkins have issued a new video for ‘Being Beige’, which can be watched in full below.
‘Monuments To An Elegy’ – the fourth part of the Pumpkins’ ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’ song-cycle was released in December 2014 [full review here]. A new album is expected in the first half of 2015.
Following The Smashing Pumpkins relaunch in 2006 after a half-decade hiatus, the band’s ever-prolific mainman Billy Corgan went into overdrive. The ‘Zeitgeist’ album of the same year was well received, but subsequent projects were both broader in appeal and stylistic content. With the launch of the ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’ song cycle in 2009, Corgan embarked on his most ambitious project since ‘Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness’ in 1995. ‘Teargarden’ – an ongoing series of releases covering a concept of sorts – began with two deluxe EPs of unreleased material, but really came alive with its third chapter, 2012’s full-length ‘Oceania’, which at the time of release stood as the reformed Pumpkins masterpiece…