Written by Lauren Rosier
The alternative-rock giants, Smashing Pumpkins, unveil their eleventh studio album, Cyr, via Sumerian Records.
The 20-song set, a double album, produced by Billy Corgan in Chicago, and with band mates and founding members Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
“‘CYR’ represents, at least symbolically, the makings of a dissociative life, which best as we can tell IS modern life: as presented through a variety of sources; past, present, and future, “explains Corgan. “Where even our own story as a band is often represented as something more grotesque and glorious than we actually experienced it. Which, it should be noted, is fine. Because we’ve never fought the dream as a collective, or it’s prickly twin (hence the snazzy title of one of our earliest records). So in CYR you get 20 pieces of fractured ideology, neither here nor there but that’s sort of the point. To ape that which in the post-technology age is not so easily defined and pinned down, but can be shown in a lithe, restless melody.”
Tonight, the Smashing Pumpkins, will perform their radio hit, “Cyr,” on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
The Smashing Pumpkins formed in Chicago in 1988, released their heralded debut album, Gish, in 1991. The band found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
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