SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan today announced "Pillbox", a silent film set to music from his forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced solo album "Ogilala", due out October 13 via BMG. Corgan today also shared the film's official trailer which can be seen below.
"I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself," shared Corgan on the film's connection to his new album.
Inspired by a hero's journey, "Pillbox" was written by Corgan, and directed by Corgan alongside longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry. The film is a Strawberry-Blank Assassin production and stars: Harry Holmes, Rai Quartley, Anna Steers, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Paul Seroka, Amelya Hensley and Ike Catcher.
Corgan today also announced four intimate screenings of the film in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Tickets for the screenings will go on sale at this Friday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Fans who attend the screenings will receive a limited-edition movie poster.
October 05 - London, UK @ Royal Society of Arts *
October 09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Los Feliz Theatre +
October 11 - Chicago, IL @ Music Box Theatre #
October 12 - New York, NY @ Tribeca Screening Room #
* Appearance by Corgan
# Appearances by Corgan and co-director Linda Strawberry
+ Appearances by co-director Linda Strawberry and select cast members
Corgan announced "Ogilala" last month and shared its striking first track, "Aeronaut". Recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, "Ogilala" presents Corgan's distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings.
"Ogilala" will be available digitally as well as physically on CD and 180-gram gatefold vinyl. A limited-edition opaque blue vinyl will be available directly from Corgan's webstore and a limited-edition pink vinyl will be available at select indie retailers. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an immediate download of "Aeronaut".
Next month, Corgan will embark on a solo acoustic North American tour that kicks off on October 14 in Brooklyn, New York and wraps up on November 12 in Los Angeles with a four-night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. These intimate performances will see Corgan perform songs from "Ogilala", as well as a second set which will span works from his earliest days through his years as the frontman of the SMASHING PUMPKINS and beyond.