The Smashing Pumpkins are issuing a brand new track “Spangled” Tuesday, September 14, available exclusively as a free download for 24 hours through the website for The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: www.sweetrelief.org. “Spangled” will then become available the next day (Wednesday, September 15) at www.smashingpumpkins.com where a widget is also offered that enables fans to host the song anywhere on the web. “It’s just a pretty song,” says Billy Corgan of “Spangled,” which marks the sixth release from the band’s in-progress 44-song project Teagarden by Kaleidyscope. It is the second song (the recently released “Freak” was the first) from what will be the band’s second EP–Teagarden by Kaleidyscope Volume 2: The Solstice Bare –tied to this project.
When visitors go to the Sweet Relief website, they’ll be encouraged to donate to the organization, although it is not a requirement to contribute money when freely downloading the song. The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Visitors to the site who donate $10.00 (or more) to the Sweet Musicians Relief Fund can also enter a raffle to win a Fender “Billy Corgan Stratocaster” custom guitar that will be signed by the musician.
The Pumpkins recently raised over $80,000 at their sold-out benefit concert Tuesday, July 27 at Chicago’s Metro for Matthew Leone, bassist for Chicago band Madina Lake. The money is going to the Matthew Leone Fund at Sweet Relief and is helping to pay for the ongoing medical care needed for the musician who this past June was hospitalized with severe brain trauma after intervening to stop a woman he passed on the street from being beaten by her husband.
In touring news, the band–singer/guitarist Billy Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino–have announced they will return to Australia this October for shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. They will also head to South America in November for shows in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru.