On Tuesday, The Smashing Pumpkins released their seventh studio album, Oceania , which is part of the band's 44-song Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project.
Frontman Billy Corgan says that making the album was very much a group effort, with each member of the band taking part in the songwriting process. “Everybody just pitched in and everybody took authority for everybody else’s work so I didn’t feel as isolated as maybe I’d felt in past albums,” Corgan tells ABC News Radio. “I think you can really hear the band’s contribution in the album I think that’s the best part of the album.”
Corgan added that while he had a large amount to material to choose from, he made sure to stay true to his artistic vision for Oceania . “We just got really brutal about whether a song belonged on the album,” explains Corgan. “We assumed that the audience would have no patience, so we just assumed that if it’s not gonna be super vital or it has an emotional reason for being on there and stitch together that narrative, we probably shouldn’t just have it on there. There might be songs that are better songs than some of the songs that are on there but I don’t think they would’ve fit the album.”
While The Pumpkins will be playing some festivals overseas during the summer, Corgan says that fans can expect the band to announce a full North American tour to support Oceania in “late September or early October.”
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