THE SMASHING PUMPKINS RELEASE DOUBLE ALBUM ‘CYR’
Formed in Chicago in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It’s that landmark double album that made the band one of the most revered in the world. The double album concept worked well for them back then, so in 2020 why not crank out another?
Following the release of their latest critically acclaimed singles ‘Cyr’ and ‘The Colour Of Love,’ GRAMMY® Award-winning, alternative rock luminaries, The Smashing Pumpkins today release their eleventh studio album, titled ‘CYR,’ via Sumerian Records (Friday, November 27).
The 20-track full-length double album was produced by front-man Billy Corgan and recorded in Chicago, and features founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Global praise continues to pour in since the release of their current single and album namesake ‘Cyr,’ – which was #1 most added at US Alternative Radio first week of release – and ‘The Colour of Love,’ both from their now confirmed forthcoming double album. Variety applauded the songs for remaining “rooted in the now,” and for “effortlessly taking their place alongside a catalog of cherished Smashing Pumpkins classics.” While Billboard exclaimed “The Smashing Pumpkins are getting ready to smash it up once more.”
The accompanying music video for ‘Cyr’ – co-directed by Linda Strawberry and Billy Corgan – amassed an impressive 1 million views upon release. Watch the official music video for ‘Cyr’ below
In September the band also released a trailer and details for their five-part animated series, titled ‘In Ashes’, created by Billy Corgan and animation by Deep Sky. The first two episodes ‘As The Crow Flies’ and ‘Inspirations, Aspirations’ were revealed in September, along with new music from the album. Since then two more parts in the series have been released. Watch the trailer for ‘In Ashes’ and the first 4 episodes on the band’s YouTube channel
1. The Colour of Love
2. Confessions of a Dopamine Addict
4. Dulcet in E
7. Anno Satana
8 Birch Grove
11. Purple Blood
12. Save Your Tears
14. Black Forest, Black Hills
17. The Hidden Sun
19. Tyger, Tyger
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS AND GUITARS
Unhappy with his association with a couple of major guitar brands over the years, more recently Billy Corgan and fellow band member Jeff Schroeder seem to have found a great working working relationship with Yamaha Guitars.
In this video, iconic Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan details how his connection to the acoustic guitar unlocks his creativity like no other instrument – and how impressed he was with the plug-and-play sound quality of his new Yamaha LJ16BC acoustic guitar while touring and promoting his first solo record Ogilala.
And below Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder chats about tone and why he’s loving Yamaha. He also works closely with the company on developing new products as well as his own gear.
In the lead up to the release of CYR, fans were also able to purchase high quality CYR merchandise, including limited edition CYR beanies, tee’s, special ORCHID COLOR STANDARD VINYL, exclusive LIMITED EDITION PURBLE MARBLE VINYL, plus a limited edition collector’s CYR DELUXE BOX SET, featuring exclusive black-ice vinyl, a photo-book, art prints and posters.
All available now on The Smashing Pumpkins webstore
The Smashing Pumpkins today release their eleventh studio album, titled ‘CYR,’ via Sumerian Records (Friday, November 27). Check it out HERE
- Dom DiSisto