Coming off of a successful warm-up show at Los Angeles Viper Room, the Smashing Pumpkins have released a celabratory new song Freak. The cut is the fifth track from the bands sprawling, 11-EP project, Teargarden by Kaleidoscope, which basically sees Billy Corgan releasing 44 songs one by one (for free) via the bands official website.
While some argue that Corgan should drop the band’s name and start anew, “Freak” doesnt sound like hes ready to let go of control, or the notoriety of being a Pumpkin. In fact, it sounds like Billy boy is simply trying to bring the memories with him into the 21st century. The nearly four-minute piece looks to feature tight guitar work by the band’s latest axe man — Jeff Schroeder — and sports a heavy 90s vibe. What’s more, “Freak” is welcome confirmation that Commander Corgan has his new little soldiers following his every order and makes the future actually look pretty good for the group. No one is dissenting, and Corgan actually sounds happy despite lyrics like Life is not a dream if you cant wake up from the dream you wanted.
The band is currently getting along while they tour small clubs, and theyve already sold out several venues (including New Yorks Terminal 5 and Ft. Lauderdales Revolution), so hurry up and get your tickets via Ticketmaster.com. Just don’t heckle Billy during the encore.
Smashing Pumpkins 2010 Tour Dates:
07/06 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
07/08 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
07/09 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
07/10 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/12 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live (Sold Out)
07/13 Richmond, VA @ The National
07/15 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
07/16 - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
07/17 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm (Sold Out)
07/19 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
07/20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution (Sold Out)
07/21 Tampa, FL @ Ritz
07/23 New Orleans, LA @ Valarium
07/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
07/26 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (Sold Out)
08/07 Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/08 Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/10 Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Studio Coast
08/11 Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Studio Coast