Smashing Pumpkins Bassist New Project Burning Pools

There is a secret deep inside, I want to live I cannot hide

Burning Pool releases their grungy, gritty and empowering new single

Burning Pools, the new band led by former Smashing Pumpkins bassist Ginger Pooley, has been a long time in the making. She and husband Kristopher Pooley had been demoing songs showcasing Ginger’s penchant for empowering protest lyrics clothed in pop hooks, when they decided to reach out to guitarist Max Bernstein. Max did his magic, and instantly, the three decided that Kris (a keyboard player by trade) would dust off his drum kit as this was not a synth operation —and a band was born.

The band’s three members share a long list of studio and touring credits and collectively have worked with rock legends like Tom Morello, Siouxsie Sioux, Slash, Morrissey, Liz Phair, Scott Weiland, Tegan and Sara, and bands like Jane’s Addiction and Weezer.


Their new single “Bang Bang” features gritty, distorted guitars and crashing percussion, emphasizing the angst and exasperation they have towards the inequities central to modern power structures. The anthemic “I Am Woman” oozes with confidence, highlighting an individualistic feminism with all the subtlety of a brick through a window.

Bands like Burning Pools are supposed to play shows —in fact, as I was listening to Bang Bang, I immediately envisioned myself in the center of a hot and sweaty pit. But for now, Burning Pools will be releasing singles from their forthcoming EP. Their debut EP is a critique of the hierarchy of our value system.

Ginger took the time to chat with Positive Publicity and share more about her experience in music.

“It’s nothing new for music to be a voice of criticism of our culture. That is the purpose of a lot of art. This is just my way of expressing my frustration with the priorities of modern society. Valuing money over everything, undervaluing women and people of color. Hopefully our songs make people who are of the same accord feel heard and supported. There is so much injustice in the world, we hope to be a part of the solution in some small way.” 

Ginger shares

What has been the biggest takeaway you’ve had from being a female musician in the music industry?

I’ve been in this industry a long time. My biggest takeaway is do your best at your craft no matter what and work hard. There will always be difficulties whether it has to do with your gender or not. Just keep pushing forward.

Where do you find your inspiration from?

This might sound corny but my biggest inspiration is the beauty I see around me everyday in people and in nature.

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