Smashing Pumpkins have released an audio stream of Drum + Fife.
Mainman Billy Corgan teamed up with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on the album and he reveals the sticksman is responsible for turning the track around.
Corgan tells NME: “Drum + Fife was originally a folk song. We really had a problem getting it off its almost dour Irish balladeer aspect and I must give a lot of credit to Tommy Lee, because he’s the one who turned the corner.
“Without saying it, he was reacting in a way that told me he thought it was a bit boring. Tommy loves energy – Tommy wants to feel excitement. So he’s playing the song and he’s like, ‘ I know this is a good song but it’s just not working.’ He said to me, ‘Do you mind if I tinker around with it?’ He got on the computer and used his experience in dance music, turned the corner and found some loops and some beats.”
He continues: “It’s almost like mid-80s new wave and it reminded me a little bit of early U2 or Big Country. The open strut made the Irish ballad part of the song come alive and have more of a expansive quality. From there on it got a lot easier.”
Corgan has recruited Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and The Killers’ bassist Mark Stoermer for a short run of European dates, starting this month in Berlin. Their only UK show will take place at London’s Koko on December 5.
Monuments To An Elegy tracklist
- Tiberius 2. Being Beige 3. Anaise 4. One And All 5. Run2Me 6. Drum + Fife 7. Monuments 8. Dorian 9. Anti-Hero