Friday, March 21, 2008

Pumpkins choose Muse-route over Elbow

The future of the album as a coherent piece of work is hanging in the balance, and not all self-proclaimed sensitive artists are lining up behind Guy 'the public must be forced to buy our filler tracks' Garvey: Jimmy Chamerlain says that Smashing Pumpkins are going to be turning to the tracks-as-they-come model:

"I think what we'll do is start releasing songs," Chamberlin continues. "The record or CD format places too many limitations on your piece of art. People just don't buy records anymore. Anyone under the age of 24 just buys songs. It's just in our best interest to release blocks of songs. And I think what we'll do – not to let the cat out of the bag too much – is to create the framework where we can release a number of songs and maybe create a title. We can gather three or four songs, but it will all flow up to a larger body of work. But to call it [a] record in the traditional sense would be anachronistic."

It's debatable if anyone under the age of 24 buys Smashing Pumpkins stuff regardless of the number of tracks on offer at any one of time, but at least the band are paying attention to what's happening.