In the interview, Billy talks about the Pumpkins’ tone. “I’ve been blessed to be near really great guitar players, guitar players that are far more influential and skilled than I am-people like Eddie Van Halen and Tony Iommi, or even my father- and I can honestly say that when it comes to a guitar player’s ton, it really is in his hands. So I think if you’re identifying a signature sound for Pumpkins, I think it’s very much the way I play guitar. Which has a lot to do with open strings, and bending notes…. and I don’t know how to break it down, but I certainly hear when people rip it off.”
Billy discussed coming to the decision that the band needed to make a record as well as the frustration the band had when starting the writing process for Oceania. He told Guitar Center that the band had been in Sedona, Arizona at an empty movie theater for six weeks, and were just going around in circles. “It was very frustrating. But I thought ‘If we’re gonna do this, let’s be a rock ‘n’ roll band, let’s get back to the point of excitement.’… I empowered all of us to find that excitement After that it was easy”
Jeff talked also about the band coming together. “I think people have the wrong impression of how the band works. They think that we go in, and [Corgan] goes, ‘Play this, play this, play this.’ We spend hours and hours just exploring and playing and looking for excitement. It’s a total dialogue.”
Corgan addressed the never ending debate of why he continues to use the name “Smashing Pumpkins” when he is the only remaining original member. “People challenge the reason to continue under the name. I think what’s particular to this group. is Jeff, Mike and Nicole were all fans of The Smashing Pumpkins years before they met me,so they have their own experience of what Smashing Pumpkins meant to them, in a special way. They saw the band as distinct and unique for a particular set of reasons-and all three of their reasons are different. So they bring to the table a different issue of integrity, which is, ‘If I’m gonna be in this circus, and you’re gonna continue this circus, well here’s my vision of where this still works for me,’ -because I would want that from them. So, what is it that we’re continuing? We’re continuing a particular approach to music that is singular, and is almost without peer in rock ‘n’ roll history.” He adds, “I don’t have a problem seeing the circus and they go, ‘It’s our 107th year!’ So they bring out the elephants, but then they do the new thing. That’s the way I look at it-we trot out the elephants and then we trot out the new thing.”
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