New music from Garbage is finally becoming a realization, nearly seven years after 2005’s Bleed Like Me, not to mention rumors of a full on break-up then a Shirley Manson solo contribution and more whispers of new material as far back as 2007.
Butch Vig and Scottish frontwoman Shirley Manson, who took a break to pursue acting (she played a bot on Sarah Connor Chronicles) plus bassist Duke Erikson and guitarist Steve Marker are bringing us their fifth album, which Rolling Stone just revealed is due in March or April of 2012. (We may see a single in December or January)
Drummer/renowned producer (Nirvana’s Nevermind) Butch Vig says, of the recording process, which previously felt like “a noose” around the band’s neck, “We got together with no agenda other than to just jam a little bit, fuck around and see what we came up with and it was inspiring, with nobody putting any pressure on us, the songwriting started to happen really quickly.”
Gossip about a drastically unique album don’t seem true, though Vig refers to it as “a little bit more to me like the first two records” while Manson states, “Yeah, definitely it sounds like us for sure,” and that “everybody” agrees.
If you simply cannot wait for the new album, here’s something to tide you over – Garbage doing “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses,” a U2 cover for the 20th Anniversary of Achtung Baby.
[Random fact: Garbage and Metric are by far my two favorite bands of all time]