Smashing Pumpkins have completed their ‘big’ and ‘epic’ 12th album, according to Jeff Schroeder

According to longtime Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, the band have finished working on their “big” and “epic” 12th studio album.

Word of the LP first came before the release of “CYR” in 2020, when frontman Billy Corgan said it would be a sequel to both their 1995 album “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” and the “Machina” records from the 2000s. He described it at the time as “a kind of rock opera” and confirmed last March that he and the rest of the Pumpkins had started recording material for it.

Work seemed to be progressing quickly, as Schroeder said last July that the band was “about halfway” through the recording process. During an appearance on the audio ink radio podcast, Schroeder reconfirmed that the Pumpkins’ 12th album will end the saga that began with “Mellon Collie” and continued with “Machina,” and will sport a sprawling 33-song tracklist.

In another interview with audio ink radioreleased today (April 21), Schroeder told host Anne Erickson that the as-yet-untitled album was finally finished, although he admitted there was “nothing [he] can give details about quite yet”. He did, however, hint that it would be released this year, noting that the Pumpkins had “some pretty exciting announcements [to make] at some point during [their upcoming North American tour]”.

Listen to Schroeder’s full appearance on audio ink radio below:

The Smashing Pumpkins are set to begin their “Rock Invasion 2” tour in late April, beginning with an appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. Find dates, details and tickets for the tour here.

In a three-star review of ‘CYR’, NME Damian Jones wrote, “For the most part the songs meander a similar path throughout the 20 tracks and, unlike most double albums, which are either loaded with fillers or in bloated two-parts, ‘CYR’ sounds like one complete disc packed full of pop anthems.

“Pumpkin’s critics might hate the simplicity of this record, and they would be right to criticize it for sounding similar to some extent. But there’s no denying Corgan’s ability to craft a melody, or the fact that the return of original members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin has clearly brought back some of that old Pumpkins chemistry.

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