Off the back of their current album Monuments To An Elegy, The Smashing Pumpkins have returned to Australia as one of the multiple headlining acts on Soundwave 2015.
Speaking with the Music Feeds team backstage, founding member and frontman Billy Corgan spoke of his previous festival experiences, explaining the key factors that contribute to the band confirming their live appearances.
“The way an artist will look at a festival is, “How strong is the bill?” “Is everyone well taken care of backstage?” and “Are the fans well taken care of by extension?”. In essence, “Is the music good and the combinations good?”
Corgan commented on the public reception of the bands latest offering, explaining that many thought it was his strongest work in some time, however, “Overall, the impact seems not as much as I would have liked. But that’s got just as much to do with people moving on from rock and roll, guitar music to more futuristic music.”
The 90’s music legend also shared more details on the highly secretive follow-up release to Monuments. It was once-titled Day For Night, now it is simply untitled — for now. Corgan now says the release may not see the light of day until 2016, but perhaps a single will rear its head towards the end of this year.
“It’s all written,” he said, “And as soon as I get back from this tour, in April, I’m going to go and record it.”
Corgan confirmed Jeff Schroeder will return to the studio with the Pumpkins, along with producer Howard Willing.
Check out photos of Smashing Pumpkins at Soundwave Melbourne here.