The Smashing Pumpkins are busy these days. Earlier this week they announced plans for a massive arena tour with Jane’s Addiction. Last night the band was on James Cordon, and Billy Corgan talked about plans for a new record which Billy Corgan described as “a 33-song triple album concept”. But the coolest Pumpkins-related thing I’ve heard lately has nothing to do with the current band. Instead, it’s a filthy deep-cut cover of 29-year-old Pumpkins.
Today Denver monster-mud power trio Primitive Man released Insurmountable, a new EP which stretches over four titles over almost 40 minutes. We’ve already uploaded the 11-minute “Cage Intimacy,” but the track that’s likely to interest the most people is the Smashing Pumpkins’ version of Primitive Man. siamese dream oldie “Quiet” – which, it should be noted, isn’t even remotely quiet.
With their version of the song, Primitive Man pushed “Quiet” to nearly eight minutes, removed all traces of melody and momentum, and essentially rendered it unrecognizable. In its original form, “Quiet” had a big riff, a fast tempo, and a bunch of hooks. It’s all gone now. Instead, Primitive Man made it sound like a bulldozer being sucked into a black hole – that is, they made it sound like a Primitive Man song. Listen to the cover of Primitive Man and the original Smashing Pumpkins below.
While you’re at it, stream Primitive Man’s Insurmountable EP below.
Insurmountable is now available on Closed Casket Activities.