The Smashing Pumpkins are at work on a new album. That’s according to frontman Billy Corgan, who recently sat down for an interview with Nashville radio station 102.9 The Buzz.
“It’s currently 21 songs,” Corgan said. “We’ve been working on it for over a year. It’s pretty different, in a good way, I think. Everyone who’s heard it likes it a lot, so that’s a good sign.”
Corgan also opened up about what he called his “spiritual crisis,” which he says led him to question whether he would ever make music again.
“I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to play music anymore,” he said. “It wasn’t because I hated music, I just didn’t understand what the point of it all was. It gets very complicated. … And so I found by taking these trips through America, mostly down Route 66 … I kind of found myself wanting to write about what I had seen, and it inspired me to start writing songs again.”
“I certainly feel super motivated again, which I totally connect to those [road] trips,” he continued. “They lit the fire back in me. … It kind of really put me back on track and I said, ‘No, you have plenty of music to make.’”
He went on to give some information about the Smashing Pumpkins’ plans with regard to touring.
“We’re gonna do some touring. We’re playing a big festival in Atlanta, I think in April or May—Shaky Knees. I’m not sure if we’re playing Nashville this year. Actually I think we might. I might be giving a secret away. We might be doing a little surprise-y gig soon.”
The new record will be the Pumpkins’ 11th. Their last one, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1, was released in November 2018 to mixed reviews. They reached the top of the US charts in 1995 with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The lead single from that record, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1997.
In addition to the ten Smashing Pumpkins albums, Corgan has recorded three solo albums: TheFutureEmbrace (2005), Ogilala (2017) and Cotillions (2019).