Smashing Pumpkins: ''Oceania Is Our Best Album For 16 Years'

Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan has declared that the band's new album "Oceania" is their best effort for over 15 years.

Smashing Pumpkins: ''Oceania Is Our Best Album For 16 Years'
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Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan has declared that the band's new album "Oceania" is their best effort for over 15 years. In an interview with Stereogum, the frontman claimed that the LP which is expected to be released in early 2012 was the band's strongest record since their 1995 classic "Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness". Talking about the positive reaction from people who have heard the album, he said: "I mean, it's been a long time since I made a record where you play it for 50 people and 50 people say, 'This is a great record'. I haven't had that since 'Mellon Collie' where 50 people go, 'OK, that's a great record.'" He went on to add: "That's a long time. That's 15, 16 years between that feeling of 'OK, now you've got one here.'" Corgan also compared it to the band's other material since their 2007 reunion LP "Zeitgeist", insisting: "It is the first time where you actually hear me escape the old band. I'm not reacting against it or for it or in the shadow of it." In September of this year, Corgan said that the release of "Oceania" would be a make or break moment for the Smashing Pumpkins. He claimed that the band would "have to step back and really evaluate where we're going" if the LP wasn't a success. Away from the recording studio, meanwhile, Corgan has kept himself busy with the launch of his "indie" pro-wrestling company Resistance Pro. hanks for the report to NME.com.

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    soapalot
    I really hope it's a good album. I want Smashing Pumpkins to be great again.
    Pagan_Poetry
    I'm not reacting against it or for it or in the shadow of it." Away from the recording studio, meanwhile, Corgan has kept himself busy with the launch of his "indie" pro-wrestling company Resistance Pro.
    It all makes sense now. Anyways, I hope this is true. He may have an ego but hes usually right about what he says. This will be their make-it or break-it album, because they really need a big album to boost them back to where they were instead of where they are now. Hope it's good!
    BradTheBluefish
    Back with Mellon Collie and Siamese Dream, all the instruments weren't recorded nearly the same way as it is now. Also, think about all the instruments he used back when. Today, even though I love it, there's too much keyboard/synth which wrecks that all the string instruments he used back when. It really takes away from that raw indie sound and instead gives the band a more sci-fi, futuristic, dare I say "80's" sound but with the heft of mega-distorted guitars.
    FERAL1975
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: I'm not reacting against it or for it or in the shadow of it." Away from the recording studio, meanwhile, Corgan has kept himself busy with the launch of his "indie" pro-wrestling company Resistance Pro. It all makes sense now. Anyways, I hope this is true. He may have an ego but hes usually right about what he says . This will be their make-it or break-it album, because they really need a big album to boost them back to where they were instead of where they are now. Hope it's good!
    Yeah, 'cause "Rock is Dead" ;oP Seriously though I hope he's right, even though I've stuck with 'them' over the years(I even bought the first 2 Teargarden boxes) they've been lacking that certain something since Adore.
    Vicryl 2.0
    alestorm666 wrote: they've been lacking that certain something since Adore D'arcy?
    or maybe Iha
    Mr. Stripe
    I've heard quite of few of the Oceania songs live, and I must say it's pretty damn good! Pale Horse is lovely.
    Iliekgitaz
    I heard some of the stuff live on youtube and I am eagerly anticipating it. I just want to know the friggin release date!
    slaveskinJACKET
    Yeah. That's not implausible. I think there was a song or two on Zeitgeist, maybe, that was cool, but, apart from that, there really hasn't been anything good that I've heard from him/them since Mellon Collie...
    SorgFamily
    I thought the stuff from the first couple TearGarden releases were good. Here's hoping for success.
    alestorm666
    I think Machina was pretty good, and that was only 11 years ago. If its as good or better than that i'll be happy