Billy Corgan is heading back to the days of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness with the next Smashing Pumpkins album.
Corgan tells The Tennessean that he, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin are working on a double album in Nashville — and that it’s “the first real album” since the band’s reunion because they “hunkered down and made a classic ‘Let’s throw it all at the wall and see what happens’ type of Pumpkins record.”
He explains, “This is the first album since the album that came out in 2000, Machina, where me, James and Jimmy worked on something for a very long time. It’s got a greater conceptual base, and it’s probably a wider swath of music… The last one [2018’s Shiny and Oh So Bright, Volume 1.] was kind of like, ‘Let’s just jump in, record some stuff real fast, and let it be what it is.’ So I’m excited about this, because we’re kind of back in the lane of taking a risk, and trying to bring something new to the table, as opposed to just aping what we’re known for.”
The double album is due out this year.