The band, originally formed in Chicago in 1988 by Billy Corgan (lead vocals, lead guitar) features new members Jeff Schroeder (rhythm guitar), Nicole Fiorentino ( backing vocals, bass guitar) and Mike Byrne (drums). Oceania is the Pumpkins seventh full-length album, released in June 18, which debut at number four on the Billboard 200
Corgan, the band's long time front-man and founding member described 'Oceania' as an "album within an album", in part of the 44-track cycle
"Teargarden by Kaleidoscope". The concept project started in 2009, where it is conceived to be a series of 44 songs, released one track at a time, after they are recorded.
Oceania includes 13 tracks and is released by EMI, in collaboration with Corgan's Martha Music label.
In a magazine interview
, Corgan talked on how determined he is to make "every song (in Oceania) as valuable as any other". He speaks about how adamant he is to ignore the 'claptrap on having a great single...but instead putting in the heart to a musical sequence that creates one cohesive album.'
"Once we felt we'd achieved that balance, only then did we let anyone outside our world hear the record we'd made." Corgan said.
Music critics from Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune lauded Oceania describing it as 'the best thing the Smashing Pumpkins have done since their breakthrough in the 1990s.'
The band's official website announced tour dates for their Oceania tour, which will kick off in Canada on October 2 in MTS Center (Winnipeg), on October 4 in Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary), on October 5 in Rexhall Place (Edmonton) and on October 7 in Rogers Arena (Vancouver).
US tour dates starts in Seattle on October 10, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (San Francisco) on October 12, in Gibson Amphitheatre (Universal City) on October 14 and in Barclay Center (Brooklyn) on October 31. The band will be working with world acclaimed visual artist Sean Evans (worked on Roger Walter's The Wall Tour) to technically and visually map the concert.