Pumpkins patch things up

Cham­ber­lin, Cor­gan and Iha re­turn!

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

Jimmy Cham­ber­lin has re­united with Smash­ing Pumpkins band­mates Billy Cor­gan and James Iha for a new record and tour.

Three-quar­ters of the Pumpkins’ clas­sic line-up are back to­gether for the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour, which at present kicks off in July. The run is, at the mo­ment, con­fined to North Amer­ica. How­ever, re­ports sug­gest the band has also been in the stu­dio work­ing on a new, Rick Ru­bin-pro­duced al­bum, so it seems plenty of Pumpkins ac­tiv­ity could be on the way.

That would ring true with com­ments made by Cham­ber­lin to Rhythm last year. In the run-up to his head­lin­ing per­for­mance at the Lon­don Drum Show, Cham­ber­lin told us that the plan was for a new col­lab­o­ra­tive Smash­ing Pumpkins al­bum to emerge in 2018. Al­though, he ad­mit­ted that the ex­act line-up could re­main fluid right un­til the last mo­ment.

Dis­cussing who ex­actly might con­trib­ute to the record­ing of the al­bum, he said: “We won’t know un­til the red light goes on. The hope is that we would be able to re-har­ness the power of that unit, even spir­i­tu­ally. There’s a lot to be said for who is in the room. It’s not al­ways who is play­ing what, it is hav­ing peo­ple in the room who have opin­ions and you are com­pas­sion­ate to their opin­ions, that in it­self is a from of pro­duc­tion. On Zeit­geist that is some­thing we didn’t have. On that it was just Billy and I try­ing to man­u­fac­turer that vibe. I’m look­ing for­ward to not hav­ing to do that!”

The re-tooled Pumpkins line-up, which does not fea­ture orig­i­nal bassist D’arcy Wret­zky, will per­form songs ex­clu­sively from their first five al­bums (from their 1991 de­but Gish to 2000’s Machina).

An­nounc­ing the tour, front­man Billy Cor­gan com­mented: “Some 30 years ago, The Smash­ing Pumpkins, James Iha and I be­gan a mu­si­cal jour­ney in the cramped rear bed­room of my fa­ther’s house. And so it’s magic to me that we’re able to co­a­lesce once more around the in­cred­i­ble Jimmy Cham­ber­lin, to cel­e­brate those songs we’ve made to­gether.

“This show and stag­ing will be un­like any we’ve ever done, and will fea­ture a set un­like any we’ve ever played. For if this is a chance at a new be­gin­ning, we plan on ush­er­ing it in with a real bang.”

Last year, Jimmy filled us in on the na­ture of a Pumpkins stu­dio re­union, sug­gest­ing that he felt no great de­sire to recre­ate his past, nor need­lessly rein­vent the wheel. But, we can rest as­sured that it will fea­ture a hefty dol­lop of evo­lu­tion in terms of the band’s sound.

“It’s just what I do,” he said. “I don’t look at it like I have to rein­vent the wheel, there is no pres­sure to be some­thing I’m not but I am ac­count­able to have some­thing dif­fer­ent about it. For me, as an artist there has to be some evo­lu­tion. I feel like all the Pumpkins records, at least all the ones I played on, were evo­lu­tion­ary from a drum­ming stand­point in one way or another and some of them maybe more ob­vi­ously than oth­ers. From an or­ches­tra­tion and rhyth­mic stand­point I want it to be dif­fer­ent.”

Jimmy at last year’s Lon­don Drum Show and now back with Smash­ing Pumpkins

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