The new Smashing Pumpkins’ material returns to their ‘classic’ roots, but the bridge has been burned with D’Arcy “forever”

"This is the happiest time of the band"

Smashing Pumpkins have revealed that their new material fits well with their “classic” albums of the ’90s, and that this is the “happiest they’ve ever been”.

Billy Corgan’s band recently reunited most of its original line-up, with guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joining Corgan and long-term collaborator Jeff Schroeder. Original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky is not involved however, with a bitter feud unfolding between her and the frontman.

Earlier this month, the Pumpkins revealed that they had finished work on recording new material, which will be released as a series of EPs later this year. In their first full interview since the majority of the classic line-up reformed, Corgan told the New York Times how “this the happiest time of the band” – and their new material harkens back to their ’90s heyday.

“It picks up where this unit left off,” said Corgan of the upcoming EPs, adding that he’d adopted the mind-set of “the Zero character”of their most angsty and emotive songs from the ‘Mellon Collie’ era.


Producer Rick Rubin meanwhile, hailed the ” fiery and vibrant” nature of the new material, which said “fits well with classic Pumpkin catalog”.

“It’s not unusual for there to exist volatility with passionate, creative people,” Rubin continued. “It seems like they’ve know each other long enough for many of the old wounds to have healed and they all seem like they are in a good place, so they came in with a healthy mind-set.”

As well as revealing that previous touring member Jack Bates (who has also performed in Peter Hook’s band) would be joining them on bass on their upcoming tour, Corgan also dismissed the chances of reconciliation with D’Arcy Wretzky – claiming that their bridges had been burned “forever”.

Wretzky again, accused Corgan of “stringing her along” in the run-up to the reunion – adding that there were disagreements about money, but that should “would have done it for free”.

“Billy can be incredibly charming and funny and fun,” she said, “but when it comes to money and giving credit where credit is due and any kind of work situation, it’s not pretty.”


Responding to her claims, Corgan said: “I think what she did demonstrates why she couldn’t be involved.

“I was vulnerable and shared things and trusted that there was a reason to give it a chance, despite plenty of empirical evidence that that was not a wise decision.”

D'Arcy Wretsky and Billy Corgan with Smashing Pumpkins on SNL
D’Arcy Wretzky and Billy Corgan with Smashing Pumpkins on SNL

Earlier this year, Wretzky and Corgan’s feud reached a peak when she said that he “couldn’t sing for shit“.

For the rest of the band though, they’re currently gearing up for a huge US arena tour, on which they’ll be performing material from their first five albums.

Having completed “one of the most exciting periods recording with the band“, Corgan revealed that  the eight new songs that they recorded with Rubin are called ‘Alienation’, ‘Travels’, ‘Silvery Sometimes’, ‘Solara’, ‘With Sympathy’, ‘Marchin’ On’, ‘Knights of Malta’, and ‘Seek And You Shall Destroy’.

It is hoped that more world tour dates and some UK shows will be announced shortly.