Keith’s DJ Pick of the Week is “Spellbinding” by The Smashing Pumpkins! Debuting on March 29, “Spellbinding” is the latest single from their album ATUM coming on May 5th. The Smashing Pumpkins was formed in 1988 by lead singer Billy Corgan and guitarist James Iha. Working together at a record store, they began playing gigs all over Chicago. Later recruiting bass player D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain. Their debut album Gish released in 1991, earning them the opportunity to open for bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers! Inspired by bands like The Cure, The Smashing Pumpkins perfectly nail a classic alternative sound.
ATUM is described as a “rock opera in three acts,” and that’s exactly the sound of “Spellbinding.” A rock opera. More electronic and synth-y, this song reimagines rock music giving it and 80s pop and 90s electronica twist. Corgan’s voice sounds just as it did in the 90s, adding a nostalgic factor to the track as well. The Smashing Pumpkins North America tour “The World Is A Vampire” kicks off in Vegas this summer on July 28th. Corgan notes the tour is about “bringing back that sense of community... A true alternative festival, where all the self-proclaimed weirdos and outsiders of the world can get together and have a party.”
If you’re a fellow outsider looking for a place to let loose, catch The Smashing Pumpkins at FirstBank Amphitheater September 8th!
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