Garbage new music video!


Today following the previous single release of their track ‘Empty’ my favourite band finally released the music video to it, and I’m so happy to say it’s a belter!  A departure from the arty approach of some of their most recent music videos, this back to basics performance-based promo echoes the band’s video for their 1995 song ‘Vow’ which is not surprising as it’s by the same director, Samuel Bayer.  Check it out below…

The song itself is both classic Garbage and something very contemporary sounding in my opinion, with heavy drums and stunning guitar riffs, backed up by Shirley’s seductive, emotional lyrics – I was sold from my very first listen … and I can’t say that has been the case for other recent tracks like The Chemicals and On Fire.  Yet Empty is a very catchy, anthemic track that although I’m not totally in love with the chorus ‘I am soooo empty’ the sheer inventiveness to the track showcases some of the band’s strongest skills.  Super-producer Butch Vig is on hand after all; the man behind Nirvana’s Nevermind and Foo Fighter’s Wasting Light (he’s also the drummer for the band) so solid production is a given … and sporting awesome pink hair Shirley Manson looks and sounds every bit the rock icon that she is.  Also, that bit after the second chorus where it switches to ‘every day every hour of the night, you’re all i think about’ just floored me by the way – classic Garbage.

Roll on June 10 when their sixth studio album ‘Strange Little Birds’ is released and expect my impressions shortly afterwards.

Garbage news


I don’t often talk about music on this blog, but when I do it’s usually Garbage.  Joking aside, on Thursday the 10th of March, my favourite alt-rock veterans finally announced the official release date of their sixth studio album.  It will be titled ‘Strange Little Birds’ … a title I found quite bizarre at first, but it’s grown on me the more I say it.  Now we also have the cover art (again, equally unusual but I like it) and track listingGarbage logo.  Alongside this news the band also revealed a short European tour that will also cover two dates in the UK.  Sadly it’s looking like I won’t get chance to see them live this time around.  This is for various reasons but not helped by the fact I haven’t anyone that’s particularly into them or aware of them.  However I remain really excited for the coming months and will be glued to whatever this talented four piece get up to next.

Strange Little Birds track list:

1. “Sometimes”
2. “Empty”
3. “Blackout”
4. “If I Lost You”
5. “Night Drive Loneliness”
6. “Even Though Our Love Is Doomed”
7. “Magnetized”
8. “We Never Tell”
9. “So We Can Stay Alive”
10. “Teaching Little Fingers To Play”
11. “Amends”

Shirley Manson, lead singer had this to say about the new album: “To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records,” Manson said. “It’s getting back to that beginner’s headspace. In part, that’s a result of not having anyone to answer to.”, and she added “The guiding principle was keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically”.

Strange Little Birds will be released on the band’s own label Stun Volume and will be out on 10 June 2016.  Tour dates are listed below.  I’d imagine further U.S. dates will be added at some stage as well.

Garbage Tour 2016

More info at Garbage.com

In anticipation of Garbage


As regular readers of this blog will know, I am a big fan of alt-rock band Garbage consisting of the enigmatic Shirley Manson as well as multi-talented producers / musicians Butch Vig, Duke Erickson and Steve Marker.  For twenty years I have loved everything about this highly creative four-piece and even got the chance to go and see them live last November.  So this year holds a lot of further excitement for me as a fan as they are readying the release of their sixth studio album.  The as-yet-untitled record is set for release some time in May and has to be said is highly anticipated by myself and the legion of dedicated fans.  The other day Shirley herself took to Facebook and Twitter to announce they had sent the finished product to their record label in preparation for whatever takes place before it’s release and even revealed a brand new band photo as a little taster of what’s to come (see below).

Garbage 2016Hints and small samples of the album suggest a somewhat darkly gothic, semi-romantic tone and I’m expecting it to be something a little different from these musical pioneers who have always experimented with many styles, but ultimately come up with one that sounds uniquely their own thing.

There is also going to be a world tour this year to promote the album and Garbage have already got themselves booked at several festivals in the summer, albeit ones in Germany only at this stage.  Will I go and see them again?  I’d like to think so but last year felt very special and a bit of an unexpected opportunity considering I don’t really have friends who are into them like I am.  But you never know.  I also predict we’ll see more publicity and hype leading up to the album’s release and possibly a new single out in time for Record Store Day in April, an event the band have taken part in for a number of years now, so that should be a fair prediction.

For now I’ll leave you with some awesome footage of Garbage performing one of their most well known hits, last November at Brixton Academy in London – incidentally on the same night I was actually there!  Video courtesy of Youtuber ‘Kotsidinio

Happy 20th anniversary Garbage!


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Garbage debutToday (August 15) marks the official 20th anniversary since the debut album by alternative rock pioneers ‘Garbage’ was first unleashed on an un-suspecting industry.  As I have wrote on here several times, Garbage remain my favourite band and over a twenty year career, they have meant more to me than any other.  Their varied and versatile approach to music has created for me some of the most memorable and interesting songs I’ve heard, and the 1995 début is packed full of stand outs such as Only Happy When It Rains, Vow and Stupid Girl.  I went into much more detail about my love for this band on my tribute HERE, but for now fans and music enthusiasts alike can look forward to an imminent re-issue of the album that will come in special packaging and on two CDs that houses a re-mastered version of the original album and all the b-sides and remixes that came out around that time.  The album will also be released on Vinyl.  This will then lead up to the celebratory ’20 Years Queer’ tour that kicks off in America in October before heading to Europe.

Exciting times for any fan of this multi-talented band.

The Chemicals – a review


orig-21265987As part of my on-going blogging revolving around the alt-rock band Garbage, I decided to write a little review of their most recent release, the Record Store Day exclusive ‘The Chemicals’ a collaboration with Silver Sun Pickup’s singer Bryan Aubert.  It was initially released on April 18 on a vinyl single alongside the b-side ‘On Fire’.  Certainly a very exciting day for Garbage fans world-wide as this was leading up to their recently announced 20 Years Queer tour as well as their much anticipated sixth album, scheduled for release at the end of 2015 / beginning of 2016.  The single is also out on iTunes on 02 June.

The Chemicals

Garbage_The_ChemicalsSince its release, I’ve played this track and re-played it and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t hitting me like other classics from this imaginative and multi-talented band. Then one night, after not listening to the track for a while, I gave it another go.

I certainly love the start, that electronic beat with a rumbling, distant explosion effect … very ‘them’ and announced this track as a band certainly not losing their touch. The guitars that follow also build excitement and as momentum increases, singer Shirley Manson’s haunting, heavily-processed (?) vocals kick in. The iconic Scottish-born singer sounds authoritive and rather seductive. The lyrics are also effective, with a myriad of layered meanings that I can’t say I understand but still appreciate like in many of Garbage’s more complex song writing (‘Hammering In My Head’ comes to mind).  As the track progresses we’re hit with an assault of heavy beats and intensely delivered ‘I need your heaven’, which at first overwhelms, yet with further thought, does create a powerful feeling that perfectly slips into the extended, down-beat and hypnotic ‘The Chemicals’. This part acts more like an instrumental than a conventional chorus with varying ways the title is repeated along with the gradual power of guitars and drums. In these segments that we get twice, Bryan Auburt’s voice certainly brings an extra layer to the song, giving the listener things to notice only after repeat plays.  Also that ending, as the title is repeated then quits and we get the guitars strumming and the beats and the heavy riffs until … nothing, Wow.

I’d call this Garbage developing their signature-sound for a modern era. Their last album ‘Not Your Kind Of People’ blended old and some new but felt mostly familiar (not a bad thing).  However as we’ve heard with ‘Girls Talk Shit’ and The Chemicals’ equally layered B-Side ‘On Fire’, new Garbage; delivered with an echo of the past but with a strong vibe of something the band haven’t majorly explored before, isn’t as scary as I initially thought.  I can’t say I totally love it now, but have started to appreciate the track a lot more now that I’ve got my head around Garbage’s new approach and wealth of ideas at play.

On a side note, as interesting a concept as the video is, I think it’s overly intense style and setting does the song a slight disservice.  For me, The Chemicals works best without any visual accompaniment.