Supergroup Showcase: Zwan

For the purposes of Supergroup Showcase the term supergroup means a band or group of musicians made up of two or more artists from previously successful bands, but not a super huge bands like Led Zeppelin.

THE PLAYERS: Billy Corgan on guitar and vocals (Smashing Pumpkins), Jimmy Chamberlin on drums (Smashing Pumpkins), Paz Lenchantin on bass (A Perfect Circle and all-female supergroup The Chelsea) Matt Sweeney on guitar (Chavez) and David Pajo on guitar (Stereolab).
HISTORY: After The Smashing Pumpkins broke up, Corgan and Chamberlin started this new band. They put out one album called Mary Star Of The Sea, developed an acoustic version of the group and then had a pretty messy breakup. (via Wiki)

Zwan’s Mary Star Of The Sea was one of the CDs I picked up a couple weeks ago at a flea market in New Hampshire. I remember being pretty excited around 2003 when word of this group first started coming out. I was in college at the time and didn’t have money to spend on untested stuff like this, but I did ask a dude who I knew about it as he was wearing a Zwan T-shirt and had seen them live. I asked how they were and he just kind of shrugged. I thought he was being kind of a jerk, but then I listened to the record myself and a shrug seems to describe it pretty well.

It should be said that I’m not a gigantic Smashing Pumpkins fan. I’ve got Siamese Dream and Melancholy And The Infinite Sadness and like them enough (Siamese more than Melancholy), but that’s about where it ends. As far as the other members of the band go, I don’t know them well enough, so I didn’t have much invested in the record. Even with that said, I was excited to listen to it because I was expecting something new and different, yet familiar because of the Smashing Pumpkins connection. Unfortunately, it just felt like a Smashing Pumpkins side project.  Being a Smashing Pumpkins side project isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either, it just doesn’t make for a very interesting supergroup as far as I’m concerned (though I’m sure they weren’t thinking about creating a supergroup and just wanted to make music). All in all, it’s a good enough record, but neither interesting enough on it’s own nor as good as the Smashing Pumpkins records I have to keep around. I will be keeping the stickers though as they look awesome.

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