On October 18, Premier Guitar‘s Rebecca Dirks was on location in St. Louis, Missouri, talking with the SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ Billy Corgan. In the segment below, Billy discusses his modular preamp system, the handful of pedals he relies on, and his signature Fender Billy Corgan Strats.
Although the material on SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ latest CD, “Oceania” is part of the PUMPKINS‘ in-progress 44-song cycle, “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope”, Corgan told The Pulse Of Radio why he decided to carve “Oceania” out as its own album. “We decided to release ‘Oceania’ as a standalone project because we’d been doing a song at a time as part of the ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’ project, and we found that because of the voracious nature of the Internet, our songs were being swallowed up so fast that people didn’t even know that they’d come out,” he said. “So when we looked at it, we said, what can we do that will garner at least some length of attention? An album, of course, would do that, at least for that one hour hopefully.”
“Oceania” follows up 2007’s comeback album “Zeitgeist” and is the first PUMPKINS record to feature the current lineup of Mike Byrne on drums, Nicole Fiorentino on bass and Jeff Schroeder on guitar.