Smashing Pumpkins have revealed they have “hundreds” of finished songs ready to release in their archives.
Three-quarters of the band’s classic line-up reunited earlier this year to record a new album and embark on the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour. Only D’Arcy Wretzky is missing from the band’s original line-up.
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Frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin appeared on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music earlier today (September 17). During the chat, Corgan revealed the band have a wealth of completed music they’ve been sitting on.
“And now that I’m really excited by the re-rise of the vinyl record shop and the fact that there is there is this beautiful balance now between vinyl releases and streaming services, we’re going to just start unloading the archives and we have archives for decades,” he said.
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Asked by Lowe how much previously unheard material they had, Corgan replied: “You can’t even imagine.”
Chamberlin added: “Hundreds of songs.” Asked what state the songs were in, he confirmed they were all “finished.”
“It’s insane how much work there is,” Corgan continued. “There’s so much work. We could literally never record another song and have a release every two months for the next 20 years. Easy. There’s alternate versions, there’s live versions, there’s acoustic versions. So we’re going to actually kill people with content.”
Last week, Smashing Pumpkins confirmed the upcoming release of the first album to feature Corgan, Iha, and Chamberlin in 18 years. The trio last appeared on a record together on 2000’s ‘Machina’ records. ‘No Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun’ will feature ‘Solara’, the track released earlier this summer.
They also shared a new track in ‘Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)’ ahead of their return to the UK next month. They will play London’s SSE Wembley Arena on October 16.
They’ll also be playing a show in Bologna, Italy on October 18. Tickets are available here.