The band’s latest track is an expansive, hyper-produced anthem. Listen to the newest song from Billy Corgan and company.
One thing’s for certain on the newest Smashing Pumpkins song: Billy Corgan does not shy away from studio tools.
Their latest song, “Tiberius,” gives a nod to the band’s heavier history, but with piano and synth lines that fit more in a modern framework. The beginning of “Tiberius” is light and a tad bit creepy. The piano line lightly touches your ears almost hesitantly, as if gauging your interest. The piano here sounds like the opening theme to a 1970s horror flick.
It suddenly drops the light touch of the piano with a thundering guitar crunch and pulsing synth melody. The verses on the song are what most fans come to expect from Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s a hint of lightness followed by the crushing wall of guitars that made the grunge sound of the 1990s so popular.
Corgan’s vocals on the track display this perfectly as well. His voice doesn’t sound as tough and assertive as the guitars and drums in the background. He sings the verses almost sweetly, with a tiny falsetto harmony looping over his main vocal track.
The track features chord progression changes and a wide range of drumming styles. It goes from soft vocals with piano, to crunchy guitars in the verses, to an up-tempo, spastic drum track on the bridge. Just when you get used to one section of the song, it changes up on you almost instantly.
“Tiberius” is part of The Smashing Pumpkins’ newest album Monuments To An Elegy. This is the third track they’ve released so far from the album.
In addition to the work on the latest album, The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a stint at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas, along with a few shows as Lollapalooza in South America. Corgan recently said that he will not be playing Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness on their upcoming shows to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the record.
Take a listen to the band’s latest track from their newest work below: