Smashing Pumpkins Unleash ‘Panopticon’ As New Single Off ‘Oceania’
The Smashing Pumpkins latest disc âOceaniaâ made its debut this summer (June 19) and now the second single from the disc titled âPanopticonâ is primed and ready for radio airwaves.
The song, quickly heralded as an âOceaniaâ favorite by many critics, took a long time to develop, according to Billy Corgan. It started with a riff, but thatâs where things got tricky. âItâs similar to ‘Quasar’ in that we had the opening riff and didnât know what to do with it,â Corgan told MusicRadar. âIt sat for a while, but everybody felt strongly about it. It had a, dare I say, âmodern-feelingâ to it, but still in the style of guitar that I like to play.â
So how did the writing block come to an end? Corgan explains, âUltimately, I just sat down and wrote the song on the piano.â He continued, âSometimes, when youâve got a riffy song, it helps to just play the chords with no rhythm, and then you hear the âsongâ in it. Itâs those very Paul McCartney/Wings-type chords â Broadway-type chords.â
The song has definitely struck a chord with music fans, and Corgan gives his take on the sound in the interview. âIt goes from a very âmajorlyâ feel into something sorrowful, almost a Spanish feel,â said Corgan. âI donât know how the heck I did that, but itâs one of my favorite things in the song, how you can keep the key but change the emotion.â
The Smashing Pumpkins will be bringing âPanopticonâ and the rest of âOceaniaâ to the live stage when their fall tour kicks off on Oct. 10 in Everett, Wash. The band has committed to playing their new disc in its entirety for one set followed by a second set of deep cuts and past hits. Find out more about the upcoming tour here.