By Jay Tilles
An already technology obsessed Billy Corgan has gone one step further today with The Panopticon, the official Smashing Pumpkins Nexus, a digital hub for all things Pumpkins, delivered in nearly real time.
Corgan launched the site today (Mar 15) with a big announcement revealing a deal he recently signed with music giant BMG that will result in two new albums in 2015, Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night.
Pleased to announce that I’ve just inked a new record deal with BMG that will see the release of two Smashing Pumpkins albums in 2015; titled successively: ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ and ‘Day For Night.’ For those interested in sound, think: ‘guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars;’ but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic. Recording sessions begin today, as plenty of songs have been written and ready to go. Manning the boards will be producer Howard Willing, with whom I first had the pleasure of working with during the ‘Adore’ sessions. We expect a single out by year’s end.
The news of the signing and subsequent albums serve as the new website’s first post. Corgan takes the opportunity to explain the reason for the new site stating, “The Panopticon, which through its simplicity should better address the speed of modern life. A continuing feature, items regarding each day’s recording will be shared that same evening, with song titles, lyrics, poetic impressions, pictures, sound clips, studio gear and the like offered for a circuitous, bird’s eye view of the process as it unfolds.”
‘Monuments To An Elegy’ and ‘Day For Night’ will be the first new music from Smashing Pumpkins since 2012’s Oceania.