FRUIT BATS – ” Siamese Dream ” Smashing Pumpkins Covers

Posted: July 24, 2021 in MUSIC
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You may recall that Fruit Bats covered Smashing Pumpkins’ classic second album, “Siamese Dream“, in full last year for the Sounds Delicous collective , and that’s now been shared to streaming services. Eric D. Johnson gives the alt-rock classic a decidedly Fruit Bats spin. He talks a little about the album and his version:

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.

I played all the instruments on this. And no, of course I’m not going to be able to recreate Billy Corgan’s crushing, epic guitar tone. Nor could I dream of touching Jimmy Chamberlin’s floaty (yet ever-shredding) drumming. This version is all about hazy memories for me, and how Corgan’s brilliant pop hooks can travel through time and exist in any possible instrumental configuration.

Fruit Bats are playing Newport Folk Festival this weekend, and they’ve just announced a few October 2021 dates, They’ll be back in for a more extensive 2022 tour 

Fruit Bats released “The Pet Parade” earlier this year and are also contributing to the upcoming Neal Casal tribute box set.

FRUIT BATS have digitally released their full-album cover of Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins! Recorded between the albums “The Pet Parade” and “Gold Past Life” and originally released on vinyl last summer via Turntable Kitchen, the Fruit Bats version of Siamese Dream can now be heard in full on your stream or purchased in the Merge Records store.
“Johnson navigates the songs with intimacy while freely straying from the record’s blueprint. In the original, high drama and explosive washes of guitars greet listeners at every turn. Muting both elements, Johnson strips the songs of their grandeur and amplifies their air of loneliness. The effect is poignant, as if the singer is communing with his younger self.” —New Yorker

Released July 23rd, 2021

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