THE SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ new album, ‘Adore’, will be released by Hut at the end of May. It was recorded in Studio A at Sound City in Van Nuys, California, the same studio where Nirvana recorded ‘Nevermind’.
The band started demoing in February 1997 and recorded 30 songs for the album which, at one point, looked set to be a double. The band subsequently cut the number of tracks on the album to 14. The tracklisting will be finalised in the coming weeks.
The recording process for ‘Adore’ was lengthy and varied. The Pumpkins used a number of drummers including Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Beck’s Joey Waronker. Weeks of work were scrapped, including sessions recorded in Chicago last year with producer Brad Wood, as they were deemed unsuitable. Some songs were recorded live in the studio, at times using drum machines. Other tracks were pieced together overdub by overdub.
During the Chicago sessions, the band parted company with drummer Matt Walker. He had replaced Jimmy Chamberlain, who was sacked in July 1996 for repeated drug use and his part in the fatal heroin overdose of keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin.
Speaking to Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke in an interview which is to be published by the magazine on Friday, February 27, Billy Corgan (pictured above) said: “It took letting go of the concept of bass, two guitars and drums to actually move forward. We’re literally back to where we started which was me, James, D’Arcy and a drum machine. The strangest thing was, as soon as we stopped playing with Matt (Walker) and started playing with a drum machine, we started to play like ourselves again.”
Matt Cameron was used on a number of different tracks but appears on only one on the finished record, ‘For Martha’. According to James Iha, another song Cameron initially played on, ‘Pug’, started life as “a minor key blues death march” before Corgan programmed a drum machine and employed a number of synths. The album was produced by Corgan except for one song, ‘Let Me Give The World To You’, which was produced by Rick Rubin.
Commenting on the band’s approach to recording, Rubin told Rolling Stone: “If you have a great song, you can make 20 different records out of it. This is one of the things I told Billy about the rest of the album. The songs are so good that there isn’t necessarily a right way to do them. There is no quintessential version, just the one you’re in the mood to make.”
Track titles on the album include: ‘To Sheila’, ‘Ava Adore’, ‘Annie Dog’, ‘Tear’, ‘Apples And Oranges’ and ‘Shame’. The Pumpkins are rumoured to be deciding whether to tour the album as a trio using a drum machine and extra musicians. Corgan has said he doesn’t want to tour the album extensively. The band were on the road for 14 months with ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’.
No Pumpkins’ UK dates have been confirmed although a Glastonbury appearance is rumoured.