Former Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin To Record New Music

Today, former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin announced plans via Twitter (separate tweet confirms Garson’s involvement) to record new music with his on and off musical project, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, in 2015. Members Billy Mohler (bass, vocals), Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), Mike Garson (piano and Gannin Arnold (guitar) are confirmed to be recording new music. Chamberlin’s tweets seems to indicate some involvement with Columbia recording artist Frank Catalano, a Chicago-based saxophonist who recently collaborated with Chamberlin on Catalano’s Love Supreme Collective EP, which stands #1 on iTunes’ Jazz charts.

The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex released their debut album Life Begins Again in 2005, with Sean Woolstenhulme on guitar and Adam Benjamin playing on keyboards, who have since left the band. Life Begins Again is a jazz fusion album met with mostly favorable reviews bringing Chamberlin back to his roots as a jazz drummer in the ’80’s in Chicago before joining the Smashing Pumpkins. Interesting to note the appearances of Billy Corgan, Bill Medley (the Righteous Brothers), Linda Strawberry (Billy Corgan collaborator) and Rob Dickinson (Catherine Wheel) performing guest vocals on the album. The band went on official hiatus from 2006 to 2009, but continued with stagnant activity until very recently. Chamberlin in an 2013 interview said that five to six songs have been written between the group in the last years. Mohler’s busy schedule as a record producer has prevented the group from furthering recording or touring. It is uncertain if Billy Corgan will collaborate on the record or not.