Right before Smashing Pumpkins went out on their Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour this past summer, Billy Corgan and the band — guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder — premiered “Solara,” the first bit of new music from the Corgan/Iha/Chamberlin group since the early 2000s.
It was later revealed to be part of a new studio album, the elaborately-titled, Rick Rubin-produced Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The album is out today (and can be picked up from our Online Store at this link), and it’s … interesting.
The reunion tour was a revelation for Smashing Pumpkins fans yearning for so long to see classic songs performed by (most of) the core lineup of the band, and each night was a marathon of just that, and more. But a new album? That was a bit of a surprise, and though there are no hard-charging rockers as immediate as “Zero” or “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” some of the new material works just as well — namely “Marchin’ On” and “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts),” which was one of the pre-release tracks and has a bit of a “1979” feel.
Stream the album below, via Spotify or Apple Music: