Smashing Pumpkins will unleash two new albums upon the world next year. Billy Corgan made the announcement himself, saying recording sessions for Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night began yesterday with Adore producer Howard Willing. Corgan says the records will feature “guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars,” but they will be “more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic,” for whatever that’s worth.
The entire recording process will be documented on The Panopticon, the group’s new website that Corgan says, in typical Corgan language, “through its simplicity should better address the speed of modern life.” That simplicity translates to what pretty much looks like a Blogspot page, complete with its Papyrus header. The Panopticon will host a running feature documenting each day’s recording, including song titles, lyrics, pictures, sound clips, studio gear, and Corgan’s “poetic impressions,” all of these “offered for a circuitous, bird’s eye view of the process as it unfolds.” Currently, the band is sifting through 150-odd demos, the cream of which will eventually be culled for the records.
Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night should be released by BMG in 2015.