New Smashing Pumpkins Has 'Led Zeppelin Vibe'

Drummer Mike Byrne says the band ditched click tracks while recording "Oceania", giving the album a rocking live Led Zeppelin vibe.

New Smashing Pumpkins Has 'Led Zeppelin Vibe'
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Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne says the band ditched click tracks on their forthcoming album "Oceania", giving the record a live Led Zeppelin vibe. Byrne says the process was a challenge, but the album is much better for it. "I'll be honest there were moments I was banging my head against the wall but I think the overall feel of the album benefits from it," he told Rhythm magazine (via Music Radar). "I enjoyed having a freedom and pocket on the record, it's got a Zep-vibe in that way." The drummer described the process of finding their drum sound with Billy Corgan who produced the album: "Typically we dance between kits because we have an extensive collection of vintage kits out there. Recording on Vistalites sounds like a weird move but they sound so distinct," he said. "We landed on a Grestch USA Custom and used that through the whole recording along with a variety of snares. We spent three days dialling in the core set of sounds." At one point, Byrne fell upon some luck while recording the opening track "Quasar": "We spent all night honing the parts and didn't do a single take, just ironing out every fill. The next day we came in and did the check your tones take and by the time I was finished they called me into the control room and we'd done it on the first take. That was the happiest surprise of the three weeks." "Oceania" will be released on June 19 with EMI Records. It will be part of a 44-song project titled "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope". Hear a live version of "Quasar" below:

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    chrisparlamas
    I don't see the point of all the hate towards Billy and SP... if you don't like them, that's fine. There are far worse bands.
    iommi600
    john_kimble wrote: cilli wrote: Very queens of the stone age... Please don't compare the Billy Corgan Band to Queens of the Stone Age.
    It's weird how people call this new Smashing Pumpkins "Billy Corgan Band"... I mean, yeah, James Iha is gone now and he added A LOT to SP's sound, but the mastermind behind them was always Corgan...
    SorgFamily
    iommi600 wrote:It's weird how people call this new Smashing Pumpkins "Billy Corgan Band"... I mean, yeah, James Iha is gone now and he added A LOT to SP's sound, but the mastermind behind them was always Corgan...
    Actually, Iha didn't add a lot to their sound. It's been confirmed in many interviews that every record except "Mellon Collie" is mostly Corgan on guitar and bass because of his perfectionist demeanor. As for the song, I didn't really like it although to be fair it's a fairly crappy recording. I'd like to hear the finished recording. I've liked a lot of the "Teargarden" project but this one didn't do it for me. And that drummer.....man! Chamberlin will always be missed but this drummer is a beast.
    Battman1993
    Artists need to quit comparing themselves to Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin was, still is, and will always be the greatest hard rock band to ever walk the planet. They are in their own stratosphere.
    Voodoochile711
    "has a very led zeppelin vibe"... as in 40% original material?
    Dude, you're ignorant. Zeppelin didn't do any more covers than a lot of bands, and when they DID do a cover they always changed the original so much that it basically became their song.
    Sundb3rg
    Actully Iha didn't do anything, it's been said that the only thing Iha has done is helping writing the intro for mayonaise (the weird tuned part) and the structure to the Soma intro. He also wrote the last song on the first part of Mellon Collie and co-wrote the last song on the second part, that's pretty much all he's done. I think D'arcy made more of a difference, when Billy made a crappy song, she told him 'that's not going on the record' and this has been confirmed by Billy and i think that her standard for songs were important for the band. But still, the band was basically just Billy and Jimmy.
    Elderer
    Its also my requirement to have chick on bass. Yeah,it might look but it breaks that typical look. Plus a fine back-vocal spices it all up. Cant wait for the record.
    SorgFamily
    iommi600 wrote:It's weird how people call this new Smashing Pumpkins "Billy Corgan Band"... I mean, yeah, James Iha is gone now and he added A LOT to SP's sound, but the mastermind behind them was always Corgan...
    Actually, Iha didn't add a lot to their sound. It's been confirmed in many interviews that every record except "Mellon Collie" is mostly Corgan on guitar and bass because of his perfectionist demeanor. As for the song, I didn't really like it although to be fair it's a fairly crappy recording. I'd like to hear the finished recording. I've liked a lot of the "Teargarden" project but this one didn't do it for me. And that drummer.....man! Chamberlin will always be missed but this drummer is a beast.
    onetonryan
    Right. And except for being really nasally and annoying, the vocals are just like Plant's.
    john_kimble
    cilli wrote: Very queens of the stone age...
    Please don't compare the Billy Corgan Band to Queens of the Stone Age.
    GenerationKILL
    One of the most overrated bands of all time compares themselves to one of the greatest bands of all time? ...typical.
    Nero Galon
    I found that song decent. Reminds me of "I Am One". Instrumentally great, vocally Billy is doing well... Most people at that age lose their range. If you like SP then you might agree, if you don't then you're totally gonna disagree... If you didn't like the classic SP then you'll probably never like them.
    iommi600
    SorgFamily wrote: Actually, Iha didn't add a lot to their sound. It's been confirmed in many interviews that every record except "Mellon Collie" is mostly Corgan on guitar and bass because of his perfectionist demeanor.
    When they were recording, yes, but I meant it in the songwriting process, Iha came up with a lot of complements to Corgan's ideas, especially on "Siamese Dream".
    Showiddlydiddly
    john_kimble wrote: P.S. Billy Corgan has a hard-on for female bassists.
    Are you a nun or something?
    Rimfrost
    Crappy sound, but it seems like it could be a pretty cool song. Im looking forward to the album, i really like a lot of the songs from Teargarden, so could be promising.
    lVlaniac
    is this album going to be released for free then or not. I still havent heard anything from that area.