Published Jul 23, 2020Fruit Bats' Eric D. Johnson has announced plans to release a cover album of Smashing Pumpkins' seminal 1993 effort Siamese Dream. The record arrives on August 21, with its physical release available exclusively through Turntable Kitchen's SOUNDS DELICIOUS vinyl subscription series.
Having recorded all instruments on the album himself, Johnson will pay tribute to one of his favourite bands from his youth through all of the album's original 13 tracks.
He explained his personal connection to the record in a statement:
In 1993, I was the prime age to be swept up in alternative radio. But truth be told, while I loved Nirvana and Jane's Addiction, in my heart, I was still secretly wearing a hole in my cassette copy of Steve Miller Band's Greatest Hits (1974–78).
Somehow, Smashing Pumpkins spoke to all sides of me — angsty on the surface but really filled with a kind of Midwest mysticism that spoke directly to my 17-year-old-kid-from-Illinois brain. It's also the first tape I ever listened to while driving a long distance alone. I'm pretty sure my version of this album is based on subconscious memories of that drive. This version is all about hazy memories for me, and how [Billy] Corgan's brilliant pop hooks can travel through time and exist in any possible instrumental configuration.
To tease its release, Johnson has shared his cover of "Today," an understated, dreamy rendition of a timeless classic. You can listen to that below.
Fruit Bats' latest album was 2019's Gold Past Life. Earlier this year, Johnson appeared on both Friend/Enemy's HIH NO/ON and as one member of the newly-formed Bonny Light Horseman for their debut self-titled album.
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