THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
RELEASE THIRD FREE TRACK “A STITCH IN TIME”
AVAILABLE TUESDAY, MARCH 2 AS A FREE DOWNLOAD
VIA SOUNDCLOUD AND THE BAND’S WEBSITE
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will roll out the third song, “A Stitch In Time,” from their in-progress 44-song project TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE, Tuesday, March 2 via the online audio platform SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/smashingpumpkins).
Melding acoustic guitars with cascading electronics and sitar work, “A Stitch In Time” will also be available for free download at www.smashingpumpkins.com and the site also offers a widget enabling fans to host the song anywhere on the web.
PUMPKINS leader BILLY CORGAN is releasing the 44 songs of TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE one at a time, completely for free. “A Stitch In Time” will be included—along with the recently released tracks “A Song For A Son” and “Widow Make My Mind” plus one more song TBA—on a forthcoming four-song EP as a limited edition collectible.
As CORGAN has said, “We will sell highly limited edition EPs (of 4 songs each times 11), and details of how those EPs will be made available are still being worked out. Because the songs themselves will be free, the EPs will be more like collector’s items for the discerning fan who will want the art itself, along with the highest possible audio quality available. The EPs will be more like mini-box sets rather than your normal CD single. We may also offer other variations for sale–say for example, a digital single with a demo version of a song.” Upon the album’s completion, explained CORGAN, “it will be compiled into a deluxe box set which will also be made available for sale. Those who have bought the EPs need not worry, as the box set will not be a recompilation of the limited edition pieces. “
Both “A Song For A Son” and “Widow Make My Mind” have received critical praise. In a review of “Widow Make My Mind,” Spin.com noted that the track is “a well-crafted pop-rock song with spare piano interludes, never-overbearing drums (Jimmy Chamberlin’s 19-year-old replacement is working out nicely), and a big, song-capping vocal with polished guitar solos. So far, Mr. Corgan has a record of 2-0. Let’s hope he keeps the winning streak up–42 more songs to go!” (1/19/2010).
“A Stitch In Time” has the lines, “You’re everywhere at once/And you can’t break free/You’re everywhere at once/And you can’t catch me/Watch out.” What inspired this song and what was your mindset when you wrote it?
“I am only now just starting to understand how liberating it is to put the music out this way, one song at a time. It has changed the dynamics in the studio, as the main point now is just to try to create the best sn apshot of a particular song and not get too caught up in how it relates to the others. It puts a positive charge into recording knowing the song will be coming out in the near future, and that success or failure will not be measured on a quick opinion. This process at least asks for 44 answers and in that way gives the music room and time to breathe.”
You are continuing to offer your music for free—no strings attached, as you have said. What is it about this paradigm that excites and compels you?
“I think the word free contains many meanings, and really at the end of the day nothing is for free. This album and the way I’ve chosen to release it has put the responsibility of making the best music possible squarely on my shoulders, and in doing so asks me to consider on a regular basis what really matters to me. I’m just now recording what will be the 7th and 8th release, and I’m starting to see an evolution in my thinking that has me wanting to make truly exciting music that feels very alive and electric and timely. I haven’t felt that way for a very long time, and it feels good to take what I now see are the right kinds of chances. There is a slow unfolding that goes on from the first song (‘A Song For A Son’) through to the eight, and only now peering over the edge into those other 36 songs can I see where I am really going.”
Stay tuned for news about the Pumpkins plans for a world tour slated for 2010.
SoundCloud, founded in 2008 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, is an online audio platform catering to music professionals, enabling them to collaborate, promote, and distribute their music online in a simple, accessible, and feature-rich way. SoundCloud allows music makers to upload large audio files, embed those tracks on websites and blogs, and share them publicly (including via Twitter) or only to specified contacts, and it gives listeners the ability to comment on specific parts of the recording directly from the SoundCloud player.
About THE SMASHING PUMPKINS:
The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold over 30 million albums. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The Pumpkins returned in 2007 with their gold-certified and acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist, which entered the charts at Number 2 in the U.S. and in the Top Ten internationally. Since their triumphant return to the stage in 2007, the Pumpkins have headlined some of the biggest events around the globe including the Reading Festival, Rock Am Ring, and the V fest. In 2008, the band was inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk. Their first post-major label release was the song “Superchrist,” issued via the Guitar Center CD Fresh Cuts Vol. 2. They subsequently recorded the song–the modern rock hit–“G.L.O.W.” for the Guitar Hero® World Tour game, marking the first time a band has recorded a new song exclusively for the franchise. In November 2008, the band released their first live DVD, If All Goes Wrong. In December 2009 The Smashing Pumpkins began releasing Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, a 44-song work with songs being released online one at a time for free (4-song physical EPs will be made available as the songs are released). The group’s BILLY CORGAN has said the new music “harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins; atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty.”