Chicago-based ZWAN, featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, are nearly done recording their debut studio album. "The ZWAN album is just about done and we are all very excited and proud that we were able to come together to make this possible," Corgan wrote in a post to the message board of the band's official web site."We've been having a lot of fun, working like wizards under red lights here in the studio," Corgan continued. "Everyone has worked very hard so we could make the first ZWAN record a reality by the end of this year, and it looks like we will probably be playing some shows after Thanksgiving." An official release date or label for the album is not yet known. In related news, the DVD reissue of the 1994 SMASHING PUMPKINS video compilation, Vieuphoria, and an audio-only version, dubbed Earphoria, are due to be released on November 19th through Virgin. "Everyone agreed that it was the most exciting and dramatic footage of the PUMPKINS that we had ever seen from around the Vieuphoria time period of '88-'94," Corgan posted. "The tapes are from 1994, and prior to finding them we didn't even know these tapes existed. They are a little raw, but really do capture the spirit and aggression of the band back in the good old days."
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