The Smashing Pumpkins have just released their new video for “Drum and Fife,” and it carries quite a heavy and powerful message. It follows a group of kids in the desert playing pretend war games, only to have them interrupted by a real battle.
In a press release, Billy Corgan says he couldn’t be prouder of the video:
I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel that the directors captured that with poignancy. 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 band also appeared on some TV talk shows. They played “Drum and Fife” for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on April 2, with Mark Stoermer from the Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine playing drums. Then, they played an acoustic version the next morning on Good Morning America.
Watch the video for “Drum and Fife” below: