In a recent interview with Billboard, our mate Billy Corgan has revealed that he has begun work on an autobiography. He has confirmed that work has begun on the band’s next studio album, though he has great concerns for the future of that whole process.
Described as a “a spiritual memoir”, the Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman has made it clear that this won’t be just another run-of-the-mill rock autobiography. It is sure to contain “Plenty Of Sex Drugs And Rock n’ Roll,’ as Corgan put it.
The band are still riding high on the wave kicked up from the release of their latest album Oceania. Though they will be on the road for at least the foreseeable future, Corgan has already started putting pen to paper for the next release: “I’ve already started writing songs for a new album and it definitely seems like it’s going to be more of a rockin’ affair.”
However as Billy explains, it could still be a while yet, even further than December 2013 “That’s really ambitious, because we’re still touring, and I’ve never been successful writing on tour. I don’t even try. So even if we went into the studio in November when we come off of this tour, it’s still pretty ambitious to have it out by then.”
As explored in the interview, Oceania marked the Pumpkins’ first proper album release in a while, as the band released odds and ends tracks digitally during “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope”. That particular project took place during a time when Corgan was against making full albums, a process that he believes is almost not worth the effort:
“The business treats you like shit if you don’t do certain numbers. You can’t get played on the radio ’cause the guy in the nameless band is outselling you. I really wish someone had come up with an alternative, but I don’t know what supplants it. It’s all very mystifying.”
The Pumpkins were recently in town for Splendour in the Grass and played a set that is sure to go down in folk law. You can check out all the deets from their headlining show here.