Smashing Pumpkins Release Epic New Single “Knights of Malta”


With one week left before the November 16th release of The Smashing Pumpkins’ much-anticipated LP, SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN., the Grammy winning band is giving fans one more sneak peek with today’s preview of new track “Knights Of Malta”. You can listen below.

“Knights Of Malta” is the third song to be released from the LP, following “Solara” and “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”.

In an early review, Q magazine praised the LP with a 4-star review, pointing out its “moments of glorious burning distortion” and called “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” “one of the most resplendent songs of their career. For a band claiming ‘no past’ and ‘no future,’ the present suits them extremely well.”

SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN. was produced by multi-Grammy winner Rick Rubin and is the first Smashing Pumpkins LP in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlain with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

On November 28th, the band will launch their special 30th anniversary live shows with a performance at The Sylvee in Madison, WI. Tickets for the shows are available HERE and dates are listed below. On December 8th, they’ll headline the first night of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles, CA (tickets go on sale this Friday at 12 noon PST).

The group recently wrapped their monumental Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour, which sold over 300,000 tickets across North America and saw them playing sold-out arena shows at venues 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. Critics were quick to praise the tour’s opening dates as “a massive gift to their fans” (Uproxx), “a welcome reminder of why those early albums resonated in the first place” (SPIN), and “an unforgettably rewarding and often spectacular odyssey” (Forbes).

Formed in 1988 in Chicago, IL, The Smashing Pumpkins released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995’s 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. With over 30 million albums sold to date, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award-winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.

  • Brandon Nelson



    Crappy song by a crappy band.

  • Chris

    Amazing song by the best band to come out of the 90’s!!!!
    This is better than the first two from the album.

  • Chris Ross

    Big pumpkins fan here, and I just dont see anything special about this song. I think the verses are OKAY, but to be honest, the use of the backup singers turned me off a bit. Its kind of the same feeling as when Trent Reznor toured with backup singers on his Tension tour in 2013. I think it was a good experiment, but it didn’t quite work. It works better with this song by the Pumpkins, but as a whole, I wouldnt expect this from the Pumpkins. I think the song lacks energy and find it hard to hear the four great musicians in the band at all in it.

    • Brandon Nelson

      fully agree, I felt it was boring and lacked power. The first two songs that came out is the Pumpkins, this sounds like a Billy solo type song….

  • Michael Dolce

    Meh. Still excited for the EP next week (why did someone call it an LP above??) this song sounds like one of the ones skipped on Oceania

  • Mikey 🐮💩🐙🐧🐒🐸🐰

    This song sounds like the aural equivalent of smelling a fart in a crowded elevator.