Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Smashing Pumpkins - American Gothic

a tricky offering

The best thing Billy and his cohorts have presented in a long, long time. It's no secret that in the past Gorgan has played 90% of all the guitar and bass parts in their studio releases, here we have distinctive Corgan riffs via an acoustic guitar. The rest of the sound is 'amplified' so not really an 'acoustic' recording. A really good EP here.....it's been a while, but worth the wait.

American Gothicis an EP by The Smashing Pumpkins. The EP was announced on the band's website on December 19, 2007 with songwriter Billy Corgan describing it as a continuation of the their 2007 album Zeitgeist.
After playing "Rose March" in Los Angeles in late 2006 at an event organized by Pete Townshend's girlfriend, Corgan was asked by Townshend himself if the song was going to be on Zeitgeist. While the song did not make the album, Corgan always planned to release it in some form, resulting in its appearance on American Gothic.

The EP includes four unreleased tracks recorded in the late 2007 break between tours at the Pass Studio in Los Angeles. In the United States, the EP was released as an exclusive digital release for the iTunes Music Store as part of a re-release of Zeitgeist, but it will receive a physical release internationally.

Corgan said of the EP,

I had written a bunch of material during the residencies in Asheville and San Francisco [earlier this year], and fans kept asking us if we were gonna put any of that stuff out. iTunes came to us wanting to do something together, so it just felt right.

Corgan also made high-resolution artwork for the EP available for download through the band's website.


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