Hear The Smashing Pumpkins’ Compelling New Track ‘Drum + Fife’ – NME Exclusive

‘Drum + Fife’ is the fourth track from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’, out December 8. The band’s eighth album was recorded in Chicago and Tommy Lee plays drums on every track. Billy Corgan was surprised that ‘Drum + Fife’ became a single but by the sounds of it, it’ll become an anthem for fans – and a live favourite.

Here’s Corgan with more info:

‘Drum + Fife’ was originally a folk song. We really had a problem getting it off its almost dour Irish balladeer aspect. And I must give a lot of credit to Tommy Lee, because he’s the one who turned the corner. Without saying it he was reacting in a way that told me he thought it was a bit boring. Tommy loves energy. Tommy wants to feel excitement. So he’s playing the song and he’s like ‘ I know this is a good song but it’s just not working.’ And he said to me ‘Do you mind if I tinker around with it?’ And so he got on the computer and used his experience in dance music and kind of turned the corner and found some loops and some beats and suddenly I was like…’wow’. It’s almost like mid 80s new wave or something and it reminded me a little bit of early U2 or Big Country. The open strut made the Irish ballad part of the song come alive and have more of a expansive quality and from there on it got a lot easier

Stream the new track exclusively on NME.com below and check out the never-seen-before artwork – yes, that’s Corgan himself – above.

The Smashing Pumpkins will play KOKO on Dec 5 with Brad Wilk on drums and Mark Stoermer on bass. Preorder the album.