Smashing Pumpkins are up to something. The 1990s alternative hitmakers recently set up five countdown clocks on their website and have given no direct indication as to what they mean.
In addition to the clocks, Smashing Pumpkins also tweeted out an 18-second video that simply features the band’s logo shifting colors. The colors in the video also match up with the colors of the clocks.
The five clocks are set to expire in 11, 32, 53, 74, and 95 days from today (August 16th). Many fans have been quick to assume that the clocks dictate the release of new music. Frontman Billy Corgan stated in an interview back in January that the recently-reunited group recorded a “pretty different” double album. He went on to say that the new record was the band’s “first real album” since reuniting in 2018, saying that it was more of a “risk” than 2018’s Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.
“This is the first album since the album that came out in 2000, Machina, where me, James and Jimmy worked on something for a very long time. It’s got a greater conceptual base, and it’s probably a wider swath of music,” Corgan said. “The last one was kind of like, ‘Let’s just jump in, record some stuff real fast, and let it be what it is’… so I’m excited about this, because we’re kind of back in the lane of taking a risk, and trying to bring something new to the table, as opposed to just aping what we’re known for. ”
If these assumptions are correct, that still leaves four more clocks unaccounted for. Guitarist Jeff Schroeder also stated back in May that Corgan was working on yet another Smashing Pumpkins record, separate from the one recorded in Nashville, TN that Corgan previously announced. That’s one more clock taken care of.
“We have actually 20 news songs coming out this year that we just finished kind of right before this [the coronavirus crisis] all started. He’s taking the time to get the ball rolling on even another new album,” Schroeder said during a Yamaha Artist Check-in with segment. “So once we can all get together and work on that we’ll try to even do some more music since there’s some time.”
Stay tuned to the Smashing Pumpkins website and keep an eye on the countdown to see what the band has in store.
— The Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) August 14, 2020