’90s alternative legends Smashing Pumpkins yesterday announced the release of their forthcoming new album, Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. Out on November 16th via Napalm Records, you can pre-order the album digitally on iTunes and Amazon Music, and here for CD and pink-, black- and gold-coloured 12″-vinyl.
The LP was recorded at Shangri La Studios with producer Rick Rubin, who played an instrumental role in the music scene of the 1980s and 1990s. With his signature stripped-back, compression-heavy approach, Rubin helped launch the careers of big names like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Run DMC and The Beastie Boys.
For the first time in over twenty years, the new album will feature most of the Pumpkins’ original line-up, including guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Notably, though, they won’t be joined by the band’s founding bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, with whom Corgan has maintained a bitter and tense relationship for decades.
In an interview with Loudwire, Corgan said he was “done playing the class-A heel” as the band’s classic lineup reunited.“So I’m pretty settled at 51 years old. My life is about music and being an artist. I’m blessed to play with such tremendous musicians who are great collaborators, friends, family. I’m blessed to still want to write music, and especially with my partners”, he said.
“It’s a great time in my life. Like Jeff [Schroeder, Pumpkins’ guitarist], who’s obviously in this with us, he and I, we’re 12 years into this journey together, that’s a tremendous journey, and just Jeff and I alone, we’ve had the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. So it’s a great time to be in the band.”
See the tracklist below:
01. Knights of Malta
02. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
06. Marchin’ On
07. With Sympathy
08. Seek And You Shall Destroy
Ahead of the November release, the Pumpkins shared the second track, ‘Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)’. Sounding like a cut from Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, Corgan deals his trademark emo-poetry over a backing of mechanical drums, chiming guitar and fuzzed leads. See the track below: