May 2, 2012 15:38

Smashing Pumpkins speak about 'emotional, epic' new album 'Oceania'

Billy Corgan also stresses that his new line-up have made a big contribution to his ninth studio LP

Smashing Pumpkins speak about 'emotional, epic' new album 'Oceania'
Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan has spoken about the band's new album 'Oceania'.

The album, which was originally due last September, will now be released on June 18 and has been described as an "album within an album" as it is part of their 44-song cycle 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope', the first songs for which were released in 2009. You can see the album's artwork at the top of the page.

Asked how the recording of the record differed from the band's previous efforts, Corgan said: "We worked for a time in an empty movie theatre in Sedona during the winter months of early 2011, sketching out some primary versions of the songs. We worked hard to create space in the music, but not lose any of the emotive power that I like to have behind my songs."

The singer also stressed that he wanted to make an album "where every song was just as valuable as any other" and that he had avoided "the typical claptrap about needing a single".

He added: "I was dead set on making an album where every song was just as valuable as any other, ignoring the typical claptrap you hear about needing a single. The only way to make the case that every song on 'Oceania' is worth hearing is to put your heart into the sequence as a cohesive whole. Once we felt we'd achieved that balance, only then did we let anyone outside our world hear the record we'd made."

Corgan also insisted that the Smashing Pumpkins is still very much a band and that the new line-up – Mike Byrne on drums, Nicole Fiorentino on bass and Jeff Schroeder on guitar – had made a key contribution.

He said of this: "I've been adamant in stressing that, as a group, first and foremost, we are here to make new music together. Jeff, Mike, and Nicole have all made significant contributions to the tone and texture of 'Oceania', which is an album that is unlike any I've ever made. Yet at the same time I believe it upholds the same musical values I've always pushed for with the Pumpkins, be they progressive, emotional, epic, or restless."

In December last year, Corgan insisted that 'Oceania' was the band's strongest offering since 1995's 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness'.

The tracklisting for 'Oceania' is as follows:

'Quasar'
'Panopticon'
'The Celestials'
'Violet Rays'
'My Love Is Winter'
'One Diamond, One Heart'
'Pinwheels'
'Oceania'
'Pale Horse'
'The Chimera'
'Glissandra'
'Inkless'
'Wildflower'

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