While it may not be the “cool” answer these days, The Smashing Pumpkins remains the only answer for many Xennials. Need to channel your inner teenager? Smashing Pumpkins. Need to ride around I-275 and dwell on your misfortunes? Smashing Pumpkins. Need to just escape into some tunes and forget about literally anything else existing? Pumpkins. They boast eleven studio albums covering a range of topics, mostly related to frontman Billy Corgan’s love and trauma, so there are songs for any vibe you’re feeling…even if you’re just looking to get a little nostalgic.
That collection of tunes is about to grow yet, again. It was recently announced that a new album wasn’t just in the works, but in the can and ready for release. The Pumpkins’ last album, Cyr, was well-received by fans, and many are hoping for a part two. That will surely be exactly what they’ll get, too.
Don’t let Corgan’s hard work recording, touring, and managing a tea shop fool you, though — he still has time to pick a battle or two, most recently addressing rumors that his voice was failing. During a Memphis show, Corgan gave both a literal and figurative middle finger to the very idea, letting out a primal growl during a live version of “X.Y.U.” Oh, Billy, your ruffled feathers are part of your charm.
Check in on your favorite rock star’s “failing voice” or just swoon over drummer Jimmy Chamberlin’s forearms when the Pumpkins play their first show at OVATION this month.
Doors open at 6 p.m. on May 27 at PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION. More info: smashingpumpkins.com.