Smashing Pumpkins Finish New Album: 'What a Relief!'

artist: The Smashing Pumpkins date: 07/24/2014 category: general music news
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Smashing Pumpkins Finish New Album: 'What a Relief!'
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has confirmed that the band's new studio effort, "Monuments for an Elegy," has been completed, with only a master mix separating it from the ultimate finish.

"So it's done now, 'Monuments for an Elegy' that is; and what a relief. Only the master mix is left," Corgan kicked off via Smashing Pumpkins Nexus along with a peculiar photo.

Noting that the band "had a gay 'ol time" making the album, Billy continued, "I'm kind of over making albums the way I once did; which says more about the culture than it does Mr. Me. 'Cause I'm a traditionalist (if you can call a 60-70 year old art form tradition), and I did prefer a time when listening to an LP meant taking a trip.

"Anyway, I'll skip the geezer talk and get to the point. Which is, the kids always win. Long live the k-i-d-s! So wrapping this up, I sang all the harmonies (and invented a few too I didn't know were possible) on 'One and All,' and post that we wandered into the night, convinced all was done; yet today returned for a review of sorts; adding assorted bleeps and blurps, and even one new vocal harmony, but that was it. Finito!

"Having heard the album through for a first time (in this, a finished form), I was taken aback. 'It's indescribable, that,' I told [Jeff Schroeder] Shredder, meaning that what I heard (in the sum total of songs) was unlike anything I could recognize. Yet none of it was unfamiliar, either: big choruses, probing lyrics, odd twists of melody, and guitars, guitars for days; strange indeed...

"I'd like to boast and say it’s some newly invented form, but more than likely it's just a stripped compendium, that in its steeliness achieves some eager, brute modernity. Thank God we left in some genuine swagger, or it would be Howard’s record through and through and not mine. 'Hey, I love swagger,' he'd say cracking open an ice cream bar, 'it's just that 'they' don't anymore.'

"But I remain convinced the k-i-d-s can always be convinced by what is genuine over what is patently false. So come one, come all to enjoy what's left of our ripe, humble pie. If we're lucky it'll be out soon enough."

Finally, the frontman shared a tentative track listing, make sure to check it out below.

As reported, the new album might be released during this year, and not during 2015 as initially planned. The band is also gearing up to unleash a follow-up titled "Day for Night" in the near future. Stay tuned.

"Monuments for an Elegy" potential track listing:

1. Tiberius
2. Being Beige
3. Anaise
4. One and All
5. Run2Me
6. Drum and Fife
7. Monuments
8. Dorian
9. Anti-Hero
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