They don’t make them like they used to. This statement is very vague, but immensely applicable to the alternative rock bands of the 90s compared to those of nowadays. There has been a surge of pop bands with One Direction and The Wanted that gets kids just as “giddy” as when The Backstreet Boys and ‘N SYNC arrived, but sadly alternative rock hasn’t resurrected for the better. So, why search for new bands of that genre, when those of the 90s are still happily kicking? Thank you, The Smashing Pumpkins, for sticking around and ridding the music industry of Daughtry overload.
The Billy Corgan fronted outfit just unveiled details for their upcoming album, “Oceania”. The Smashing Pumpkin’s seventh studio album will drop on June 19th via Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distributions. Recorded in Corgan’s private studio in Chicago with his bandmates, guitarist Jeff Shroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist/vocalist Nicole Fiorentino, Oceania is a 13-song collection, which Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud produced and David Bottrill mixed. Recently, The Smashing Pumpkins released the forthcoming album’s cover art, which Richard Shay, son of Chicago legend Art Shay, shot.
In support of their upcoming album, The Smashing Pumpkins are hitting the road, headlining a sold-out Splendour in the Grass festival, July 27th-29th in Australia at Byron Bay’s Belongil Fields. They will also headline a string of shows in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Check out their official site for upcoming tour dates!
Selling over 30 million albums and winning multiple Grammy awards in the process, The Smashing Pumpkins put alternative rock on the “right” path in the 90s. Unfortunately, the Foo Fighters were one of the only bands to keep the genre on track. No worries here because The Smashing Pumpkins will have the alternative rock genre stronger than ever come June with the release of “Oceania”.