Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers announce forthcoming albums

By Lane Moore, Contributor
[Photos by: Red Hot Chili Peppers/Recording Academy and Smashing Pumpkins/Velvet Hammer Management]
Original story poached from Consequence of Sound

Both Red Hot Chili Peppers and Smashing Pumpkins have announced new records. As giants of the alternative rock scene, they have some massive shoes to fill. The two groups experienced heavy criticism for their last releases (or last five if you are lucky enough to be Billy Corgan), and some catching up must ensue as a result.

Anthony Kiedis, singer and frontman of the Peppers, revealed that the record’s creation will begin shortly and will be maintaining the lineup of The Getaway (2016). This was their eleventh studio album; however, it was only producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton’s debut record with the band. Unfortunately, their collaboration was not as fruitful or well received as was hoped for, and The Getaway paled in comparison to the band’s work with former producer Rick Rubin.

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Like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins have also left fans unsatisfied with recent releases. The Pumpkins have not been able to fill their own shoes (yes, the same metaphorical ones mentioned earlier) since their release of Adore in 1998.

Fortunately for the group, Billy Corgan has been able to stop being mean to everyone long enough for two other original members of the band to regroup and craft a pseudo-reunion album. He has also been able to call upon the creative power of the aforementioned Rick Rubin for the project, entitled Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The new LP features eight tracks, and two singles, have already been released. In the singles, “Solara” and “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”,  the band pulls upon its prog-rock roots once again, a definite regression towards progress in the eyes of fans.

While a release date has not been mentioned by RHCP, the new Smashing Pumpkins record is due on November sixteenth. With two giants of alternative rock waking from their slumber, their fans can only hope for a wonderful calamity.

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