TO ‘NET, TO ‘NET

Frontman Billy Corgan will continue to release music after the band split exclusively via the Internet...

Vocalist BILLY CORGAN has revealed that, following the imminent split of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, he will release music via the Internet as MP3 files.

As revealed on nme.com in August this year, The Smashing Pumpkins prepared and released a new album, ‘MACHINA/The Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music’, only via the Internet. They encouraged fans to bootleg the limited edition 25-track record and spread it around the globe in MP3 format.

The album is made up of tracks recorded during the sessions for their last album proper ‘MACHINA/The Machines Of God’ over the last couple of years.

Only 25 copies of the album were pressed, on a double LP with three 10″ EPs, on hand-cut, hand-numbered, non-lacquered vinyl. These were sent to friends and established Smashing Pumpkins fan websites.

Now speaking to the Radio 1 website www.bbc.co.uk/radio1, Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan has said that, following the imminent break-up of the Pumpkins, this is how he will continue to release music. He said: “So far it’s been a great, amazing and exciting thing. I intend on continuing to release music this way. I’m an alternative artist who straddles the pop mainstream.

“I’m often faced with conflicting issues. In this case, there’s no compromise. I do exactly what I want, the way I want. And I don’t have to pay anybody and they don’t have to pay me.”

Smashing Pumpkins are preparing for their last ever UK tour, which calls at: Glasgow SECC (October 30) Manchester Apollo (31) Birmingham NEC (November 1) London Wembley Arena (3-4)