As previously reported, The Smashing Pumpkins have set a June 19 release date for their upcoming new album, Oceania. Over the weekend, the band unveiled the album's artwork and track listing, both of which you can check out below.
Every great rock song has a great riff, be it a single-note melody or a chordal-based sequence, and that's probably what makes it a great song. Like a great frontman, a really good rock riff should have a hypnotic, star quality. A great riff can take you over; you might find yourself playing it repeatedly for ten minutes. There's something about it that makes you want to indulge in it.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan says the music industry has been "taken over by poseurs." Corgan, who was being interviewed publicly by author Brian Solis at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, said he was part of a generation of artists who "wanted to change the world." Today's musicians, he added, are obsessed merely with being famous.
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumkins has started a new professional wrestling company, "Resistance Pro," in Chicago. He says he'll operate as its creative director. According NME.com, Corgan's role will be to create "story lines" for wrestling events and to be the public face of the organisation. Resistance Pro will host its first event, Black Friday, on November 25 at the Excalibur Club in Chicago.
One of the most interesting bands of the nineties, The Smashing Pumpkins have had their share of success and turmoil. Centered around front man Billy Corgan, the alternative rock band has gone through multiple breakups, and several band members. The longest mainstay, drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, left the group in 1999.
Almost entirely unannounced, Smashing Pumpkins have released a new music video for the track "Owata." The track itself is the 10th song released as part of the colossal 44-track effort titled Teargarden By Kaleidyscope.
Smashing Pumpkins mainman Billy Corgan has posted a video that features Corgan showing off his collection of effects pedals, including the original gear the group used on their early albums like Gish and Siamese Dream.