THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have released a music video for their current single, “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”. Directed by Billy Corgan and longtime visual collaborator Linda Strawberry, the clip is a beautifully crafted riff on cult horror movie conventions. The video sees Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder challenged to spend the night in a haunted house as part of a macabre Halloween promotion hosted by smarmy radio host Jackie Cherry (played by SUGAR RAY‘s Mark McGrath). Mixing pop culture references with the band’s ubiquitous visual flair, the video for “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” stands alongside some of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS‘ most arresting work.
The video release follows the recent announcement of the band’s upcoming 30th-anniversary live shows, which kick off November 28 at The Sylvee in Madison, Wisconsin.
The quartet is touring in support of their highly-anticipated new LP, “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.”, which will be released on November 16 on Billy Corgan‘s own Martha’s Music under exclusive license to Napalm Records via a strategic worldwide partnership. Recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin, the LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Corgan, Iha, Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
Earlier this summer, the newly reformed lineup shared the first glimpse of their new music with the LP’s lead single “Solara”. The track’s dreamlike music video was directed by Nick Koenig and expands on the theatrics of the band’s catalog of iconic music videos. The release of “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” came next, along with a lyric video featuring Corgan‘s handwritten lyrics. In the coming weeks, the quartet is expected to release a music video for the track, directed by Corgan.
Last month, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS wrapped their monumental “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”, which sold over 300,000 tickets across North America and sold-out arenas, including The Forum, United Center, and Madison Square Garden. Produced by Live Nation, the tour was the band’s first in nearly two decades to feature Corgan, Chamberlin and Iha, alongside Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole.
Formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS released their heralded debut album, “Gish”, in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s four-times-multi-platinum “Siamese Dream” and 1995’s 10-times-platinum “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”.