New Smashing Pumpkins Album Is Nearing Completion, Says Billy Corgan

Single from "Monuments to an Elegy" is expected by the end of this year.

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Billy Corgan says the first of two upcoming Smashing Pumpkins albums is nearing completion - and he's revealed its tracklist. The band announced last month they would release two albums, "Monuments to an Elegy" and "Day For Night," in 2015, after signing a deal with BMG. A single from "Monuments To An Elegy" is expected by the end of this year.

Corgan says: "Thrilled to report that we now have our album in total - top songs are arranged and set for drum tracking. Over the next three days, I'll be focusing on vocal arrangements, lyrics, and tweaking the overall aesthetics of the record as I hope it shall be. At least then I'll be able to share a different narrative for a spell, and get off this merry-go-round we've all been on."

He's confirmed the ten track titles for "Monuments to an Elegy," although he warns that all are subject to change. The record will be the band's 10th studio album and their first since 2012's "Oceania." It's being produced by Howard Willing, who first worked with the Pumpkins on "Adore."

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    Listen to Oceania with an open viewpoint. It's brilliant and very complex. I listen to it all the time and it's probably their best release since MC&IS.. as a whole album..IMO. From start to finish it's great.
    I know their current drummer personally because he's from Portland, we're good friends. My band has played a few gigs with his other band, Bearcubbin'!. Anyway, bragging aside, he's also a REALLY good drummer; I think he helped make that record what it was in a big way.
    Agreed, actually i think it might be my favourite Pumpkins album, i like the old stuff, but i think Oceania is a bit more varied and a bit more colorful in a melancholic way. But then again, my favourite Pumpkins song is Stich in Time, so what do i know? :p
    I've gotta give Oceania a shot... I keep hearing good things about it. I can't help but compare everything they do to Siamese Dream but I should give that record a chance.
    Oceania surprised me... maybe because I didn't have any expectations at all but I thought it was pretty good. I'm not waiting for Corgan to return to his 90's prime, but he has proven he can still make decent music.
    I was a 90's kid, got into SP about the time MC&IS came out, many of the songs bring back great memories...loved this band! I even enjoyed Zwan quite a bit. It may just be me, but honestly, reading this does nothing for me. I find it harder and harder to feel any excitement towards this new material...
    Yeah, I'm in the same boat. I still think that Siamese Dream was one of the best rock records of the 90's and the few after that were pretty good too but nothing they've done since around 2000 has done anything for me.
    Oceania was really good - probably because I wasn't expecting much - some of that ongoing online track stuff was pretty unlistenable - but Oceania was like a revisit of Gish/Siamese Dream/MC&IS and even some Zwan-type songs (again that wasn't a brilliant project but hearing it again now I think it's a grower taken out of the context of it's time and hype). Corgan seemed to liven up with his younger bandmates - probably helped not fighting with them all the time. That tension can work when you're younger but I think he got stuck in a middle aged rut. At least the last album allowed the bass to come forward and wasn't just a pure guitar showcase like Zeitgeist.
    Like I Is
    I'm excited for this. Oceania was a bit too mellow and love-y for me. Maybe these new albums will have a bit more bite.
    Hopefully this album isn't a pile of pig shit like that last waste of time they called an album.
    "Smashing Pumpkins"
    Yeah Smashing Pumpkins. The band formed by Billy Corgan. The guy who writes everything and plays most of the instruments?? Yeah that Smashing Pumpkins
    But it was so much better when he had James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin. I miss my Jims with my Pumpkins.