Smashing Pumpkins going back to their roots
BY GARY GRAFF October 11, 2011 6:10PM
The Smashing Pumpkins worried they were missing fans who still get music from traditional sources. | Chris Pizzello~AP
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Updated: January 23, 2012 4:02AM
Two years after Billy Corgan announced plans for the gradual online release of songs on a 44-track Smashing Pumpkins album, the band now is getting ready to release a traditional album.
Corgan says the ambivalent reception to the large-scale, diffuse “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope” project is what led the band to create “Oceania,” likely to come out in November.
“I just saw that we weren’t reaching the sort of casual person who still gets their information from traditional sources,” he says. “So I thought, ‘What do I need to do?’ and then I thought, ‘OK, I’ll go back to making an album.’ ”
Smashing Pumpkins have so far released a dozen or so tracks that are part of the planned 44 for “Teargarden,” while “Oceania” will feature another 14.
Corgan and the current Pumpkins — drummer Mike Byrne, bassist Nicole Fiorentino and guitarist Jeff Schroeder — are hopeful that “Oceania” will not only sate Pumpkins fans’ appetite for a more conventional album but also help to energize the ambitious “Teargarden” concept.
“If we’re able to get that sense that something is happening again and get people to rally behind us a bit, I think the next three, four years will be very interesting for the band,” he says. “I think if [‘Oceania’] basically hits the same wall a lot of the other stuff has hit, we’re going to have to step back and really evaluate where we’re going, because it’s a tremendous amount of energy to put out to just feel like you’re throwing a pebble in the ocean.”