In between heavy touring schedules, the Smashing Pumpkins have found time to create a four-song acoustic EP, “American Gothic,” to be released Jan. 2 exclusively via iTunes in the U.S.
The set includes the tracks “The Rose March,” “Pox, “Again, Again, Again (The Crux)” and “Sunkissed,” and was produced by frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The band has previously performed “The Rose March” on the road.
“I had written a bunch of material during the residencies in Asheville and San Francisco [earlier this year], and fans kept asking us if we were gonna put any of that stuff out,” Corgan says. “iTunes came to us wanting to do something together, so it just felt right.”
The EP comes on the heels of the band’s “reunion” album, “Zeitgeist” (Martha’s Music/Reprise), released earlier this year. That set came in at No. 2 on The Billboard 200.
Smashing Pumpkins will take the show on the road in Europe again starting Jan. 27 in Belgrade, Serbia.