Last week, alt-rock icons Smashing Pumpkins confirmed the upcoming release of 'Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun', their first album to feature the old-school lineup of Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin in 18 years.
As part of the promo of the upcoming release, Corgan, Iha, Chamberlin appeared on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music on Monday. The sprawling interview saw the band (mostly Corgan) discuss a host of topics including the reunion, their early days, fatherhood and the controversy surrounding former bassist D'Arcy Wretzky.
In one particularly insightful section of the interview, as Lowe brought up the topic of unreleased works by the band, Corgan revealed that the band is sitting on a mountain of unreleased material which they intend to unload soon.
“And now that I’m really excited by the re-rise of the vinyl record shop and the fact that there is there is this beautiful balance now between vinyl releases and streaming services, we’re going to just start unloading the archives, and we have archives for decades,” Corgan said in the interview.
When Lowe enquired how much previously unheard material they had, Corgan replied: “You can’t even imagine.” Chamberlin chimed in saying: “Hundreds of songs.”
When Lowe asked what state of completion these songs were in, Chamberlin was quick to confirm that they were all “finished,” much to Zane's astonishment.
“It’s insane how much work there is,” Corgan continued. “There’s so much work. We could literally never record another song and have a release every two months for the next 20 years. Easy. There’s alternate versions, there’s live versions, there’s acoustic versions. So we’re going to actually kill people with content,” he added.
So while fans await 'Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1', they can rest assured that tonnes of B-sides and rarities are headed their way soon enough, although Corgan and the band didn't exactly confirm when they intended to release the hidden treasures.
Meanwhile, the new album has been previewed with two singles, 'Solara' and 'Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)', which fans can check out by pre-ordering the album on any major streaming service.
Check out the Pumpkins' full interview with Zane Lowe below for all the latest updates from the band: