The first song by The Smashing Pumpkins’ classic lineup has been released. The track is called “Solara,” and features Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha since 2000.
Billy Corgan revealed earlier in the year that “Solara” is one of the eight new tracks the band recorded with producer Rick Rubin and longtime collaborator Jeff Schroeder who plays bass instead of original memeber D’Arcy Wretsky.
Corgan recently told the press that: “I would say this is the happiest time of the band,” adding: “It’s a bit akin to trying to rekindle a romance almost two decades later. The love is there, but, you know, is the language? Is the magic there?” It seemed to be, after the music “just poured out” and, he said, “pick[ed] up where this unit left off.”
Corgan also talked about his outspoken demeanor about the band during the 90’s. ” “To my discredit, I didn’t realize that that formula only works if you’re winning commercially,” he admitted. Once that was no longer the case, “you’re just a jerk with a bad message.”
On July 12ththe Smashing Pumpkins start their Shiny and Oh So Bright North American trek. Starting in Glendale, Ariz.; the tour runs through till Sept. 9th in Edmonton.
The tour is also a celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary, and will feature tracks from its rich catalog along with tracks from the new album.
Check out called “Solara” below: