Two-time Grammy Award-winning, acclaimed singer-songwriter and SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan today released “Pillbox”, a silent film set to music from his critically acclaimed new solo album, “Ogilala”. Inspired by a hero’s journey, the film was written by Corgan, and directed by Corgan alongside longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry. “Pillbox” is available to view now below.
“I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself,” shared Corgan on the film’s connection to his new album.
“Pillbox” is a Strawberry–Blank Assassin production and stars Harry Holmes, Rai Quartley, Anna Steers, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Paul Seroka, Amelya Hensley and Ike Catcher. The film premiered last month with five intimate screenings in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Sydney.
“Ogilala” was released on October 13, 2017 and is available via BMG. The album, produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, California, presents Corgan‘s distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings. Corgan treated fans to an early listen of the album, premiering it a week ahead of release on NPR “First Listen.”
Earlier this month, Corgan wrapped a North American solo acoustic tour in support of the album with a sold-out four-night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. These intimate performances saw Corgan perform songs from “Ogilala”, as well as a second set which spanned works from his earliest days through his years as the frontman of the SMASHING PUMPKINS and beyond.