Watch the Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Drum + Fife’ Video
Although frontman Billy Corgan recently described the Smashing Pumpkins' future as “murky,” he did promise his commitment to the Chicago alt-rock outfit through the end of this year. As such, the Pumpkins have now unveiled the official music video for “Drum + Fife,” a single from their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy. Watch it above.
The new clip -- which follows another video for Monuments to an Elegy's "Being Beige" -- depicts three young boys running through a war-stricken desert landscape. It's a visual Corgan says successfully conveys the message he wanted to send.
“I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel the directors captured that with poignancy,” he said in a press release. “I couldn’t be more proud of the message we’re sending that we care what happens to those that are out there hurting.”
The video’s directors Ahlander/Antiga added, “Our aim was to create a film which was poetic and yet made a very direct statement about war, conflict and how we acclimatize ourselves from an early age to this course of action.”
The Smashing Pumpkins’ Monuments to an Elegy arrived late last year. While the band doesn’t currently have any U.S. tour dates scheduled, the Pumpkins will make appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on April 2 and then Good Morning America the next day, April 3.