With new album Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. just out in stores this past Friday (November 16th), the Smashing Pumpkins may already have some new recording plans on the immediate horizon. Band leader William Corgan told USA Today that he's interested in having the Pumpkins record a Christmas-themed LP at some point.
Corgan explained, “We’re already talking about tour stuff for next year, so there will be more Pumpkins shows in 2019. But for me, once we get off tour, I’m either going to be doing some writing in L.A. with some friends or going back to Chicago to start writing new Smashing Pumpkins. I also have an inkling to try and get us to do a Christmas record one day, so I might try to use the Christmas spirit to put the record together in concept, even if we’re not ready to record it.”
Asked if a holiday album would contain covers or original material, Corgan answered, “It would be a mixture. I have released two Christmas songs, and I was thinking it would be nice to re-record those in the context of the record we would make. It would be probably lean more acoustic . . . When I think Christmas music, I tend to think something you want to put on and sit around the tree with the kids and not rock out to. I don’t see us doing a rocking-out Christmas album.”
The Smashing Pumpkins will kick off a short string of 30th anniversary shows on November 30th in the band's hometown of Chicago, winding down with two nights at the Forum in Los Angeles on December 8th and 9th.
Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. is the first Pumpkins album in over 18 years to feature Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin recording together.