Smashing Pumpkins document desert warfare in ‘Drum And Fife’ video – watch

Billy Corgan says that the clip 'represents what returning soldiers are going through with PTSD'

Smashing Pumpkins have unveiled the video for their track ‘Drum And Fife’.

‘Drum And Fife’ is lifted from the band’s recent album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’, with this accompanying clip displaying a scene of children engaged in desert warfare. Watch below.

Frontman Billy Corgan said of the video: “I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel that the directors captured that with poignancy. I couldn’t be more proud of the message we’re sending that we care what happens to those that are out there hurting.”


Billy Corgan recently described the future of the band as “kinda murky”, adding: “I’ve only committed to the idea of the Smashing Pumpkins through, pretty much, to the end of this year. After that I’m gonna see how it goes.””

The group initially split in 2000, but Corgan returned to the band name with a new line-up in 2007. Smashing Pumpkins’ tenth album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ was released last year, with another record entitled ‘Day For Night’ expected later this year.

“I feel like I really need to evaluate the musical purpose of the Pumpkins,” he continued. “Because more and more of the audience is fixated on the past. I know a lot of the audience will say, ‘Well, I like your music better from the ’90s, than say the music you’re making today.’ But I know they’re not listening to the music of today, as much as they were listening to that music. And they’re also not listening in the same contextual thing.

“I’m the type of artist that I don’t wanna sort of exist in something that is sort of fading like an iceberg into the past.”


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