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Billy Corgan put together his first official post-Pumpkins project a quartet known as Zwan. Not surprisingly, Corgan choose to enlist on drums Jimmy Chamberlin, with guitarist Matt Sweeney (formerly of Chavez and Skunk) and guitarist/bassist David Pajo (formerly of Slint and Tortoise). Even before the career of Smashing Pumpkins took flight, Zwan was already in the works. Band leader Billy Corgan turned to members of New Jersey punk-metal band Skunk as confidants; as it turned out, the only one he clicked with was Skunk guitarist Matt Sweeney (later of Chavez) when he was having doubts about the Pumpkins' debut album. Corgan and Sweeney shared a widespread passion for metal, and so they jammed together whenever Corgan was in town; Corgan, having just started what was soon to be one of the biggest rock groups of the grunge-saturated '90s, was determined to one day start a band with his newfound soulmate.
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In November 2001, The group debuted with a series of four small club shows in the Los Angeles/San Diego area, which followed by a brief tour through the Midwest the following month. A completely different set of songs were played on each of these two mini-tours, suggesting at the abundance of material that the band had already worked out in their few months together. In April 2002, Zwan eventually turned into a quintet with the addition of bassist Paz Lenchantin (of A Perfect Circle fame), who joined the group in time for chain of shows in St. Louis and Corgan's hometown of Chicago. These dates featured yet a third set of music, that was different from the previous two, bringing the total number of songs in Zwan's collection up into an estimation of 60. In November 2002, Zwan released their first single, "Honestly", after sealing a deal with Reprise. Mary Star of the Sea, their debut album in January 2003, corresponded with a sold-out, five-night stand at the Metro in Chicago. This was the same venue where the Smashing Pumpkins had been retired two years earlier. The life of Zwan was unfortunately short lived. Founding member Billy Corgan revealed the band's break up in September 2003, stating that his "heart was in Smashing Pumpkins."