Smashing Pumpkins Returning with 'Oceania' in June
The Smashing Pumpkins have finally put a release date on the long-gestating follow-up to 2007's "Zeitgeist." "Oceania," born out of the band's large-scale project "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope," will be released on June 19 through EMI in the U.S.
The Pumpkins -- now comprised of frontman Bill Corgan, bassist Nicole Fiorentino, guitarist Jeff Schroeder and drummer Mike Byrne -- had been slowly releasing their 44 planned "Teargarden" tracks one at a time, and "Oceania" is intended to exist as a standalone project within the larger concept.
"I reached a point where I saw that the one-song-at-a-time idea had maxed itself out," Corgan told Billboard.com last September. "I just saw that we weren't reaching the sort of casual person who still gets their information from traditional sources. So I thought, 'What do I need to do?' and then I thought, 'OK, I'll go back to making an album.' "
The Smashing Pumpkins reissued classic early albums "Gish" and "Siamese Dream" in late 2011, with remastered versions of 1995's "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness," 1996 box set "The Aeroplane Flies High" and 1998's "Adore" expected for later this year.