Published Sep 01, 2011While Smashing Pumpkins are currently holed up in a recording studio laying down tracks for their upcoming Oceania LP, leader Billy Corgan stepped aside from the sessions recently to announce a new, rarities-pumping record club.
The long-running band leader took to the group's YouTube channel to discuss the details of the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club, or SPRC, adding that the first goodie up for grabs is a demo of "Drown" that was recorded in late '91/early '92. The original version of the song appeared on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's Singles.
"This is the actual demo from that time. And as part of what we're going to do here with the Record Club, we're going to provide certain materials that the band worked with to make its decisions," Corgan explained.
He went on to add that this first cut is presented as a rough mix. Eventually, however, the song, as well as other rare finds, will be re-released and sold as high-fidelity downloads.
"Although we eventually hope to offer this demo for sale, remixed and updated to 96k 24-bit status, which all our releases will be available as 96k 24-bit unmastered files, the 'Drown' here that you'll have will be the actual rough mix from the time," he said. "Which we actually think is kind of cool, because even though it's a little bit of a lower fidelity than we'll eventually offer the song at, you do get a sense of what the band was listening to at the time."
Corgan later teased that there's about six hours of Siamese Dream-related material to sift through, among other things. "You hear all sorts of things: rough vocals that weren't used, songs before they had particular lyrics, it's really interesting, even for me, to listen through chronologically, because you can really hear some of the progression," he said of the sessions.
You can sign up to the club here for the price of an email.
If the group weren't busy enough, the frontman went on to add that they'll be going on tour this fall across the U.S. and Europe and that they'll be premiering new material on the road. The band will be mixing Oceania this month and could potentially have the music out by November. Here are the dates.
10/5 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10/7 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
10/8 Las Vegas, NV - Cosmopolitan
10/10 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10/13 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
10/14 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10/15 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
10/17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/18 New York, NY - Terminal 5
10/19 Providence, RI - Lupo's
10/21 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10/22 Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
11/2 Stockholm, SE - Annexet
11/7 Brussels, BE - Forrest National
11/8 Amsterdam, NL - HMH
11/9 Paris, FR - Zenith
11/21 Bremen, DE - Pier 2
11/23 Berlin, DE - Tempodrom
11/24 Cologne, DE - Palladium
11/25 Offenbach, DE - Stadhalle
11/27 Munich, DE - Zenith
12/3 Luxembourg - Rockhal