Billy Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins mates unveiled some nuggets about their upcoming album, Oceania, while getting ready to play two nights at London’s O2 Academy.
In a video sent out on SP’s official Twitter account, the band said the new release wouldn’t come out until at least March 2012 and will be a 13-song, hour-long effort.
“We actually thought it was going to be coming out now, but the response behind the scenes has been so strong we actually pushed it back a little bit, because everyone told us we were crazy to not put it out with sort of a formal release,” said Corgan.
He went on to discuss some of his contemporaries from the 1990s, essentially taking a swipe at the notion of relying solely on old material.
“I’m happy to be in a band that still believes in something, still wants to change things, still wants to push the boundaries and barriers of what’s possible,” he said.
“It’s amazing how many people from my generation have totally sold out and just cashed in and just gone and played their old songs, and they have no ambition and no future,” Corgan continued. “They don’t call you an old band anymore, they call you a heritage act. That’s the last thing we’re gonna be.”
The Pumpkins are slated to unveil their prolific and remastered Gish (1991) and Siamese Dream (1993) on Nov. 29.