Billy Corgan has taken to Instagram to update fans on the status of the recently reunited Smashing Pumpkins, revealing the band has almost finished a series of EPs due for release in the coming months.
After a month of media hype following the news that bassist D'Arcy Wretsky was excluded from the reuinited lineup by Corgan, the enigmatic frontman has taken to Instagram to announce the forthcoming release of new music. Detailing the band's plan to release the new material in the form of two four-track EPs, Corgan also hinted that we might hear a taste of new material as early as May.
"Almost all the musical side is done with 2 days to go, leaving background vocals and last minute touches/flourishes/drang," Corgan wrote, as well as revealing the titles of the upcoming tracks. "For those who missed it, the 8 songs are as titled: Solara, Marchin' On, Travels, Seek and You Shall Destroy, With Sympathy, Knights of Malta, Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts), and Alienation."
SP update: So almost all the musical side is done with 2 days to go, leaving background vocals and last minute touches/flourishes/drang. For those who missed it, the 8 songs are as titled: Solara, Marchin' On, Travels, Seek and You Shall Destroy, With Sympathy, Knights of Malta, Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts), and Alienation. The intended plan being to release the songs over two, four song E.P.'s, with a first song most likely due out in May. Also, we just did a long-ranging interview for the New York Times, which given the questions asked will address many of the things we get asked about here on IG. So look out for that soon..Tra la.... @smashingpumpkins
In a follow up post, Corgan added he was "very pleased with this music," and that "James [Iha], Jimmy [Chamberlain] and Jeff [Schroeder, Wretsky's replacement] have put in a spectacular effort." The EPs are set to be produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, and will be the first to feature Smashing Pumpkins' original lineup since 2000's Machina/The Machines of God.
I like this picture because it makes me laugh. As they like to say in wrestling, the biggest marks are in the back, behind the curtain. Last day today in Malibu. I'm very happy about that, but it does not make me laugh. James, Jimmy, and Jeff have put in a spectacular effort and we hope you will be pleased when you hear the results. So, to that, only background vocals on 4 songs are left. One of which will be tackled by a kind of mini-choir. That's today's last act. Details on the release of this music coming very soon. Thankfully due to digital technologies we can get these songs to you quickly. As it should be. Speaking personally, I'm very pleased with this music, and it reminds me (the process, that is) why we work well together as a team. It starts with a song, of course, but ends with an understanding. Which makes me laugh to myself. And grateful. @smashingpumpkins @jamesihaofficial @chamberdrums @jjjschroeder #shinyandohsobright #sp2018 #blahblahblah
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