At a free drum clinic in Wisconsin yesterday, former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin finally unveiled details about his first major musical project since splitting with SP mastermind Billy Corgan earlier this spring. The LaCrosse Tribune’s Kari Knutson reports (via HU) that Chamberlin’s new “progressive, symphonic pop” band has one of the most ungoogleable names ever: This. That’s right, “This.”
Knutson didn’t relay too many other details from Chamberlin’s revelations, aside from that they have “plans to hit the studio in January,” but a Hipsters United reader who attended the event says that This will be recording their new material with Roy Thomas Baker, the producer of numerous classic Queen albums, the second Darkness album, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ most recent LP, Zeitgeist.
So who else is in This? Chamberlin recently told radio station WPGU, “I’ve been working with this singer-songwriter from D.C. named Mike Reina [The Jackfields]. And, um, we’ve written about probably twelve to fifteen new songs.”
It’ll be great to hear what Baker, Reina, and Chamberlin cook up in the studio, but I’m really not looking forward to the inevitable glut of “This” puns that are about to flood my RSS reader.