So the Smashing Pumpkins have become a prog rock band. Who could have known 20 years ago that Billy Corgan’s nasal sneer would float over the guitars of 'The Celestials' (yes, that's the actual name of one of these songs), or that the Chicago band would release an album-within-an-album as their ninth release. 'Oceania' is a long player that longs for cosmic grandeur -- and at times reaches those stratospheric ambitions.
It's the album that Smashing Pumpkins fans have been waiting for. (Yes: They're back to the album format in the midst of their massive 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' song project.) To celebrate the release of the new disc 'Oceania,' Diffuser.fm is teaming up with Loudwire to serve up a Pumpkins prize pack that includes that spanking new CD.
Who knew the front cover art of an album that's nearly 20 years old could cause such a controversy? The Smashing Pumpkins made their mark on the alternative nation with 1993's 'Siamese Dream,' and in addition to hits like 'Today' and 'Cherub Rock,' the album featured quite memorable cover art: two adorable little girls with cherub-like faces who looked enough alike to be considered twins.
Billy Corgan seems to subscribe to the notion that if you don't have anything nice to say, then ... say it to the international press? The singer hasn't held his ex-Smashing Pumpkins bandmates in the highest regard since the original lineup's final split back in 2000, and he definitely throws another log on the fire of drama that is the band's post-split relationship in a new interview with NME.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan performed a new tune titled 'The Rite of Spring' for the first time on Tuesday during a party celebrating the band's forthcoming 'Oceania' album, whihcwas held on a yacht cruising around Lake Michigan. The boat bash gathered friends, family and acquaintances of Corgan and his bandmates for a sip of 'Oceania,' which is currently streaming on iTunes ahead of its Tuesday release.
The Smashing Pumpkins reportedly turned in a sprawling, 19-song set at the Rock in Rio festival on Saturday (May 25) in Lisbon, Portugal, which included covers of classics by rockers David Bowie and Kiss. During the gig, the Pumpkins also were able to reach back into the early part of their career, playing three songs from 1993's 'Siamese Dream' (including singles ‘Cherub Rock’ and 'Today’) and another five from 1995′s 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' (including hits ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings,’ ‘1979’ and ‘Tonight, Tonight').