With the release of Monuments to an Elegy less than a month away, Smashing Pumpkins have shared “Tiberius,” the dramatic third song from the record. The group contrasts heavy guitar and keyboard riffs with light, lullaby-like piano interludes on the tune, as frontman Billy Corgan repeats the chorus, “It goes and goes,” as he begs his love for peace. In April, Corgan described the song by writing on the Smashing Pumpkins website that “‘Tiberius’ sounds like its title (imagine marching hordes).”
So far, the band has shared two other, different-sounding songs from the record, the heavy, punkish “One and All” and the lushly orchestrated rocker “Being Beige.” Those two tracks and “Tiberius” comprise a Monuments to an Elegy sampler, which the group is offering to fans who pre-order the record on LP or CD at select independent record stores, which it has listed on its website.
For all eight tracks on the record, Smashing Pumpkins brought in Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee to accompany Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder. While he was making the record, Corgan said the songs were “epic in a way that is indescribable” before settling on calling it “supersonic Pumpkins.”
“A few weeks ago, I presented Tommy Lee with the idea, played him all the songs that I’d worked hard to finish, and discussed the way we’d be most comfortable finding common ground in the studio,” Corgan wrote on the group’s website in May. “Which explains the rush to prepare the arrangements for him to drum on, and also our keeping the work under wraps; so that nothing and nobody could influence the process.”
Monuments to an Elegy represents a middle section of Smashing Pumpkins’ overarching mega-album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which stretches across many releases, beginning with 2010’s Songs for a Sailor. It will conclude next year with the band’s current record in progress, Day for Night.