Smashing Tribute

(Adrenaline PR) It’s been over 17 years since The Smashing Pumpkins formed in Chicago; with their intention of bringing together the group’s love of progressive, goth, psychedelic, glam, and arena rock into a potent mixture that had designs on assaulting the pop charts. In those magical moments of music in the late 80’s and 90’s; the members of this four piece phenomenon didn’t even look like the popular bands coming from the hair-rock mecca of Los Angeles. Even their name sounds as subversive as it does antagonistic—hardly suggested the machismo of contemporaries like Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, or Warrant. Hell, the Pumpkins had a female bassist, a guitarist who had never even picked up a guitar before he joined the band, a drummer with talent bordering on preternatural (who also had brushes with substance abuse), and a singer/lead guitarist who gave the term “control freak” new meaning. Yet, with the release of the band’s first record, Gish, and later their breakthrough album, Siamese Dream, the gave the world such hits as ”Today,” “Disarm,” and “Cherub Rock,” among others.

Even though The Smashing Pumpkins’ recorded output was slim, the band left an indelible mark on genres as diverse as punk rock, mainstream pop rock, and the burgeoning emo/screamo scene currently ravaging its way across the world.

Reignition Recordings, a label out of New York City, spawned from the late Law of Inertia Records (long association with the magazine), brings the world their second tribute CD, but arguably their best: The Killer In You: A Tribute To Smashing Pumpkins.

With some of the most exciting cross-genre bands in the country covering Pumpkins songs, this record is white hot. Featuring a diverse cast, like the California-by-way-of-Miami hardcore band Poison The Well (Atlantic), whose version of “Soma” will lull you to sleep before rising you up to the stars; Armor For Sleep (Equal Vision), who turn out a spot-on interpretation on “Today” that seems to bridge the gap between the current state of teen-oriented rock and the Pumpkins themselves; A Static Lullaby (Columbia), a band that gives us an updated take on “Everlasting Gaze” that will peel paint from chrome; and Hopesfall (Trustkill) whose recording of “Eye” is haunting, groovy, and powerful all at once. Rounding out the cast is Eighteen Visions (Epic), Murder By Death (Eyeball), A Thorn For Every Heart (Interscope/Kickball), Roses Are Red (Trustkill), Emanuel (Vagrant), Vaux (Lava/Atlantic), and 32 Leaves (Double Blind Music).

On the heels of Reignition (then known as Law of Inertia Records) Recordings’ highly successful Bring You To You Knees: A Tribute To Guns N’ Roses, which set the benchmark for tribute compilations with covers by Every Time I Die, Bleeding Through, Death By Stereo, God Forbid, Most Precious Blood, and more, The Killer In You: A Tribute To Smashing Pumpkins is an honorable mark of respect. The Smashing Pumpkins have influenced almost every rock band in the nation today—from super groups to nu metal powerhouses, aggressive music, to weepy cardigan-wearing emo kids—so a tribute to them is the next logical step before the real band gets reformed.

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