Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan revealed lots of news about the band’s upcoming plans yesterday, starting with the simple fact that they just signed a record deal with BMG. The label will release not one but two Pumpkins albums in 2015, Monuments to an Elegy and Day For Night. Co-produced by Howard Willing — who last worked with Corgan on the 1998 LP Adore — the efforts will be whittled down from more than 150 demos.
“For those interested in sound,” Corgan wrote, “think: ‘guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars;’ but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic. Recording sessions begin today, as plenty of songs have been written and ready to go… We expect a single out by year’s end.”
Well at least they’re not rushing these records. In the meantime, Corgan has promised to keep fans updated via a news feed called The Panopticon. “Through its simplicity [it] should better address the speed of modern life,” Corgan explained. “A continuing feature, items regarding each day’s recording will be shared that same evening, with song titles, lyrics, poetic impressions, pictures, sound clips, studio gear and the like offered for a circuitous, bird’s eye view of the process as it unfolds.”
Here’s the first blurry studio shot from Corgan’s camera phone:
And while we’re at it, here’s his recent eight-hour modular synth rendition of Siddhartha: