Billy Corgan Says The Smashing Pumpkins “Shouldn’t Be an Arty Band Anymore”

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicNow that The Smashing Pumpkins have released their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, frontman Billy Corgan is looking towards the band's next, and possibly final, release, Day for Night.

"Before Monuments to an Elegy was released, the plan was to take Day for Night in an experimental direction," Corgan tells NME. “I was thinking 'I’ll make a pop record, then I’ll make a weird, arty record.' But, seeing Monuments come out and going to back the Day for Night demos, I feel that The Smashing Pumpkins shouldn’t be an arty band anymore."

Corgan continues to describe how Day for Night will be different from Monuments, saying that the former will appeal more to his teenage sensibilities than the latter.

"Monuments is really cool and I love having re-embraced my pop leanings. But is that why I really started the band? Is it what drove me forward? Not at all," Corgan says. "Monuments is me solving a problem of how to get The Smashing Pumpkins back into the mainstream. I had to solve that problem before I can solve problem two, which is where Day for Night comes in.

Earlier this month, Corgan told The Guardian that Monuments to an Elegy did not receive the reviews it deserved. The album peaked at number 33 on the Billboard 200. The Smashing Pumpkins' last album, Oceania, reached number four on the chart.

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