Smashing Pumpkins detail reunion album, but can it salvage the band’s broken reunion?
The Pumpkins have announced their new LP in almost two decades, 'Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.', produced by the legendary Rick Rubin.
After what could be the ugliest reunion of 2018, three-fourths of Smashing Pumpkins' original lineup - frontman Billy Corgan, bassist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain have announced their first album together in nearly two decades. Although Smashing Pumpkins released their last album, 'Monuments to an Elegy' in 2014, the new record is the first to feature Corgan, Iha and Chamberlain since 2000's 'Machina/The Machines of God.'
The new album, cumbersomely titled 'Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.', is due for release on November 16 via Billy Corgan's own Martha's Music under exclusive license to Napalm Records.
The tracklist boasts eight songs running, including the previously revealed 'Solara'. In anticipation of the record, the Pumpkins shared the record’s latest single, 'Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)' after it debuted Thursday on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio show. Other track titles include 'Knights of Malta', 'Alienation', and 'Seek and You Shall Destroy'. The album was produced by legendary rock producer Rick Rubin at the historic Shangri La Studios in Malibu, FL.
Listen to Smashing Pumpkins' latest 'Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)' single below, which comes with a lyric video featuring handwritten lyrics by Billy Corgan.
In a good example of Murphy's Law applied to the real world, the Smashing Pumpkins reunion, which started on the wrong step to begin with, has gone awry everytime there was the smallest opportunity for things to go wrong. It all started earlier this February, when things turned sour between Corgan and the band's original bassist D'arcy Wretzky. Depending on who you believe, either Corgan lied to Wretzky about her involvement in the reunion from the very beginning, or Wretzky “always deferred” overtures from Corgan “to participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face.”
The drama between the Pumpkins founders took an uglier turn after Wretzky released text messages between her and Corgan to the public to prove a point.
With Wretzky's absence, Smashing Pumpkins announced their 'Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour', in celebration of their 30th anniversary. But things were far from cheerful as the ticket sales for the tour was extremely slow to pick up, with several venues having up to half the total seats unoccupied. Thankfully, ticket sales did finally pick up, at least along the East Coast and the band's hometown of Chicago, with 300,000 tickets across North America and selling-out arenas including The Forum, United Center, and Madison Square Garden.
Soon after the tour announcement, Corgan explained in an interview why Wretzky "couldn’t be involved” with the tour, adding that the "bridge is now burned forever.”
As the Pumpkins kicked off their tour, they polarized audiences by sticking to a lot of their earlier works and not adding much new material to their setlists. The reception to their lead single 'Solara' was also lukewarm at best. Whether the new album will redeem the Pumpkins' fractured comeback remains to be seen and surely we'll get a better picture when the album drops in November.
Meanwhile, check out the album art and the complete tracklisting for 'Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.' and pre-order the album here.
01. Knights of Malta
02. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
06. Marchin' On
07. With Sympathy
08. Seek And You Shall Destroy