"The world's on fire, have you heard?" sings Billy Corgan on the first taste from the Smashing Pumpkins' forthcoming album, Monuments to an Elegy. The Highland Park-based songwriter promised last March that two new Smashing Pumpkins albums would see the light of day in 2015, but more recently the first of the pair got bumped up to December 9, just in time for the holidays. Now the 90s alt-rock band has shared "Being Beige" via Rolling Stone.
Maybe the world's on fire (if we're taking "fire" to be a loose metaphor for Internet-fueled Ebola panic), but Corgan seems remarkably placid on this new cut. It sounds like Monuments, which features guest drumming from Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, won't be a retread of the Pumpkins' "rat in a cage" days. Corgan's putting his rage behind him in favor of a slow, piano-accented build toward the heights of songs like "Perfect" or the more energetic selections from his early-aughts stint with Zwan.
The second new Smashing Pumpkins album, Day for Night, will be released in early 2015.
Listen to "Being Beige" below.