By Hayden Wright
In 2018, the idea of a Smashing Pumpkins reunion has gone from a far-fetched fan dream to a real, rapidly accelerating project.
The best illustration of that acceleration is Billy Corgan’s Instagram feed. The Pumpkins frontman has kept fans updated with a steady stream of studio posts as he, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin wrap the record. Over the last few days he’s shown mixing boards, drum kits and other studio equipment in various states of use.
“Ok, so today is absolutely, officially the last day of studio work (only two days off since I got here to LaLa), and it will be a fun one as we are recording live strings for a few songs I’ve done the arrangements for,” he wrote yesterday (Feb. 7).
Earlier this month, Corgan wrote that there are “26 songs currently in various states of completion, production, insanity.”
The title and release date for the upcoming Pumpkins album remain a mystery — as does the name of the band’s bass player. In late Janauary, original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky announced that she wasn’t invited to join the reunion.
See updates from the final days of the Pumpkins’ recording sessions here:
Ok, so today is absolutely, officially the last day of studio work (only two days off since I got here to LaLa), and it will be a fun one as we are recording live strings for a few songs I've done the arrangements for. The pic here is of me at an M400 Mellotron (think the opening of Strawberry Fields and you get the picture) taken by none other than @lindastrawberry #mellotron #wpc
A pic of the post-drum apocalypse. Sang 5 songs today with a bit of a croak in throat, as this bug persists. But got some lyric fixes in, did some string arranging on 2 songs via an M400 #mellotron, and am set to finish up the work tomorrow. With live strings on Wednesday. Go-go-go... #wpc @chamberdrums