Seminal ‘90s alt-rock outfit The Smashing Pumpkins have resurfaced with a 13-song album entitled Oceania.
Led by the eccentric but infinitely talented Billy Corgan, the Smashing Pumpkins ruled the album charts in the middle 1990s. The band’s heavy and sonically innovative guitar songs were showcased on albums like Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
However, by the close of the century drugs and inter-band difficulties had taken their toll. Band members came and went. There were break-ups, make-ups, and a number of largely forgettable releases.
But with Oceania Corgan seems to have found his creative footing again. More importantly, he seems to have at last found a lineup that gels, with original members James Iha, D’arcyWretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin having long since departed.
The new Smashing Pumpkins album features Corgan on guitar and vocals as usual. He is joined by Jeff Schroeder on guitar, Nicole Fiorentino on bass, and Mike Byrne on drums. The Smashing Pumpkins have been together in their current incarnation since 2010 and with Oceania, they seem to have truly hit their stride.
Oceania has just been released on iTunes and early reviews have been positive. There are also rumors that the band will be gearing up for a world tour in support of the album.
Loudwire is also currently giving away an Oceania prize pack that includes a free copy of the Smashing Pumpkins new album on vinyl and CD as well as a limited edition promo poster.