Garbage Prepping New Album for Spring 2012


Alt-rockers Garbage have announced they’re finishing up a new album for release next spring. The as-yet-untitled LP will be the band’ fifth studio album and their first since 2005’s Bleed Like Me. Check out a 25-second teaser for the record on theirFacebook page.

Garbage’s new album will also be their first recorded outside of Madison, WI, according to the announcement. This time the band recorded instead in a basement in the Atwater Village region of Los Angeles. Garbage self-produced the tracks, which is no surprise considering their drummer/programmer Butch Vig is the iconic producer behind Nevermind and other classics.

“Years’ worth of pent-up music came out in some bizarre ways — bleary cell phone memos became real songs, conversations turned into lyrics, and new computer gizmos inspired wicked tangents,” the group said in a joint statement. “Ghosts came in, had their say. Everyone brought ideas, and everyone fought their corner. At the end of the day it all gets shoved through the four-way brain filter that is Garbage and it ends up sounding like nobody else. Red feathers and black tar.”

Earlier this year, singer-guitarist Shirley Manson revealed Garbage was back in the studio. In a Facebook post, she wrote, “Dare I say we will have something finished by this summer?!?!?!?!” A more recent post from the group indicates they have a couple of weeks still booked in the studio to wrap up the album.

“We are making a record filled with the music we love to hear,” Garbage added in their joint statement. “The new songs have been inspired more by what we haven’t been hearing rather than by what we have.”

Along with Manson and Vig, Garbage’s other members are Steve Marker and Duke Erikson, who each play guitars and keyboards. The band formed in Madison, WI, and released their self-titled debut album in 1995, scoring hits like “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains.” Garbage have sold more than 12 million albums worldwide.

Vig produced Nirvana’s Nevermind, which recently received a deluxe 20th-anniversary reissue. To commemorate the anniversary, Vig sat down along with surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic for an interview by Jon Stewart. Check out our full Nevermind anniversary coverage here.


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