Silversun Pickups are recording their new album right now with Butch Vig, who produced Smashing Pumpkins’ classic Siamese Dream 25 years ago. Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist Nicole Fiorentino was recently photographed in the studio with Silversun Pickups and Vig. Fans have always said that Silversun Pickups shared a musical similarity to the Pumpkins, in particular their 2006 debut album Carnavas.
Vig produced Gish and Siamese Dream. Fiorentino joined the Pumpkins in 2010 and was dismissed by Billy Corgan in 2014 along with drummer Mike Byrne. Fiorentino played on 2012’s Oceania. Since leaving the Pumpkins she has played in The Cold and Lovely, and more recently her new band Bizou.
The Smashing Pumpkins are currently kicking off their Shiny and Oh So Bright tour featuring original members Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin. Corgan wrote on Instagram, “I am so grateful to embark on this journey. Wouldn’t be possible without @chamberdrums @jamesihaofficial @jjjschroeder @jackbass89 @katiecoleofficial and the visionary efforts of @lindastrawberry. And a personal thank you on behalf of the band to @livenation for the faith.
Having just passed the 30 year anniversary of the band’s first show, one reflects on the highs and lows, and with the blessing of time it can seem like a beautifully woven tapestry. But it is clear now that every stitch in that journey was made possible by those who bought the records/cd’s/cassettes and of course the tickets. So thank you. Tonight, and every show that follows, is for you. @smashingpumpkins #smashingpumpkins.”
— Nicole Fiorentino (@xocoleyf) July 2, 2018