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Smashing Pumpkins have announced a reunion tour after teasing their comeback for the past week. The band set a timer on their website, which has now run out after the announcement of the tour this summer. It’s been revealed that original members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin will be on the line-up. D’arcy Wretzky will not be joining the band on tour.

After Wretsky revealed that she would play no part in the reunion, Corgan downplayed Wretsky’s past role and musical contributions to the band, leading to a heated back and forth. Now, Wretzky has given her first interview in 20 years, detailing the split and her relationship with Corgan.

Speaking to Alternative Nation, she said: “[Billy] has been telling people, ‘Well [The Smashing Pumpkins] haven’t played with [D’arcy] at all in 18 years.’ Right dumbass, because then it wouldn’t be a reunion! He says that he’s invited me to come out and play for all of these things, which is a complete lie. He’s never invited me to anything. In fact, my feelings were a little bit hurt because he did the solo album tour, and he didn’t tell me when it started. I was texting him saying, ‘Where the fuck are you dumbass?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, I’m in New York. The tour started.’ Then I’m like, ‘Where are you?’ ‘Oh, the tour ended, you missed it.’ He thinks it’s a privilege for anyone to be in his presence, so therefore he shouldn’t have to tell me, and I shouldn’t have to be invited.”

Wreztky also opened up further on their past, stating: “Billy loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people. It was incredibly abusive, and I was the only one who would fight back. I think he and Jimmy got in a couple fights, and he and James maybe five, but with he and I it was screaming matches all the time. I just got to the point where I couldn’t fight anymore, and I needed to leave.”

The reunited band have since issued a statement, claiming that Wretsky was invited to be involved in the band’s return, but turned down the offer at every turn. (via NME)

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“It’s not an unusual thing at the moment to be questioning areas of humanity”

Gaz Coombes has opened up on how ideals of masculinity and his own struggles with mental health shaped the sound of his upcoming third solo record. The former Supergrass frontman is gearing up to release ‘World’s Strongest Man’ in May this year, the follow up to 2015’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Matador’.

As he discussed the record with NME, Coombes explained how he took inspiration from ‘The Descent Of Man’, after reading Grayson Perry’s acclaimed exploration of masculinity on holiday. “I’d already got halfway through the record and I went on holiday during the summer and that was just my summer reading.  It was the catalyst for more lyrics to come and the name of the title track”, he told NME. “It was a very eye opening read, that book, incredibly well written and very non judgemental and sensitive and very eye opening. It’s not an unusual thing at the moment to be questioning areas of humanity and what makes us decent human beings and that was something I really wanted to achieve while writing a lot of these lyrics. “But it’s also sort of about one’s own kind inadequacies or vulnerabilities, or being a man, being a human, being a father. It just felt right.”

The record is also set to take on a personal side too – with Coombes explaining how his previous struggles with mental health found their way onto the record. “I’ve seen awareness of mental health change over the last decade. I think men are becoming a lot freer to be able to talk about their head space and I think it’s something that I’ve had a lot of issues with over the years, with anxiety and depression”, he said. “Why shouldn’t it be something you can be open about or put a reference to in some lyrics? I I just love to observe and to put into my lyrics little lines here and there,  for me kind of reflect about what’s happening. Describing the album title, he added: “With the album title there’s the element of the alpha male ruining it for everyone else, whether its world leaders or high profile celebrities, you know I just think everyone’s tired of it.

“We’re tired of that alpha male thing. I think we can all be strong, you can be a strong man but consider yourself a strong human being. It doesn’t always have to be separated into an ‘I’m the guy with the muscles and I run the show’ kind of thing. Coombes will promote the new record with an initial London show at ULU on February 28 – his first solo gig since January 2016, when he sold out the Roundhouse in the capital.

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Smashing Pumpkins‘ original drummer has suggested the band’s classic, first line-up could reunite next year.

Jimmy Chamberlin, who rejoined the group in 2006 for three years and then for a second time in 2015, added to frontman Billy Corgan‘s comments that he was planning to record an album with “people who used to be in the band”.

Speaking to WGN Radio, Chamberlin said: “We were talking about playing next year with the band and somebody asked me, you know, ‘What’s it like trying to co-ordinate that?’” He continued: “I said it’s like ‘Grumpy Old Men 3′, only there’s four grumpy old men and one’s a woman’. So… that’s how it’s gotten to be.”

Talking about the dynamic between himself and Corgan, the drummer said: “The two hours that we spend playing music together is the greatest thing in the world. It’s the other 22 hours of the day that him and I are… He’s got opinions, I’ve got opinions. We’re both grown men, right?” If the original Smashing Pumpkins line-up did reunite, it would be the first time they had played together since 1999, as Musicfeeds.com.au notes. Bassist D’Arcy Wretzky  left the band in 1999 to pursue an acting career (although Corgan later said she was fired), while guitarist James Iha was not involved when the group reunited in 2000 with a new line-up. He has, however, made a handful of appearances on stage with Smashing Pumpkins again since 2016.

Speaking to Chicago’s 97.9 The Loop earlier this year, Corgan said “things look good” for playing with Iha again. “We’re talking about it. We’ll see,” added the frontman. As for the rest of the classic line-up, Corgan isn’t ruling it out. “There’s a willingness for us to play, but also the world’s changed a lot since we didn’t play,” he said. “So the reunion thing is always a bit weird because people come in with their expectations.

“So my whole thing is if we’re gonna do it, I think we do it to make people happy and not go against the tide of what people would want to hear in that type of stuff, but my interest in it is sort of limited. I’m not gonna do it for like 14 years of my life.” (via NME)

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Arcade Fire´s new single ”Everything Now” is the title-track from their upcoming fifth album. It’s the first track to be released from their new album of the same name, which will be released on July 28. It’s the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Reflektor’.

Frontman Win Butler told BBC Radio 1’s MistaJam of the song: “There’s sort of an everything-nowness to life. I feel like almost every event and everything that happens surrounds you on all sides. It’s trying to capture some of the experiences of being alive now in all its flaws and all its glory.” According to a press release, the record was produced by Arcade Fire themselves, along with Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter and Pulp‘s Steve Mackey, with co-production coming from Markus Dravs (Coldplay, Mumfords). It was recorded at Boombox Studios in New Orleans, Sonovox Studios in Montreal, and Gang Recording Studio in Paris. The album will be released on CD, cassette and vinyl. The vinyl issue of the record will feature 20 different artwork variants, each including the album title in one of 20 different languages. (via NME)

Daft Punk have launched a line of Christmas-themed merch, selling their own baubles, snow globes and festive candles online.

The French dance duo have frequently added to their online shop in the past few months, recently selling copies of their portrait from The Weeknd’s video for ‘Starboy’.

Now the band are selling gold and white Christmas baubles designed in the style of their iconic helmets, snow globes with their helmets inside and an “artisan” candles. (via NME)

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Coldplay have confirmed that the band will release a new EP in 2017. The four-piece took to Twitter to make the announcement. They wrote: “Hello everyone. We’re working on some new songs for next year. It’s called the ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP.”

They gave no further details of any tracklisting or song titles. The band released their album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ in December 2015, reaching Number One in the UK and selling over four million copies so far. Earlier this year, frontman Chris Martin hinted at a future EP release. “We’re comfortable with being who we are at the moment,” he said. “I think when we let go of the idea we had to try and win everyone over I think that was really liberating.”

Martin continued: “I’d be surprised if there was another conventional Coldplay album. I just feel like we’re right where we’re supposed to be right now. I meant what I said to you a couple of years ago I feel like this is a closing chapter of something. I stand by that I’m afraid.” (via NME)

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