Now that Butch Vig has gotten all the stories from the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind out of his system, it’s apparently time to get back to work as a member of one of the greatest bands of the ’90s. Garbage, the quartet consisting of Vig, fellow producers Steve Marker and Duke Erikson as well as Scottish über-vixen Shirley Manson, announced that they will have a new album coming in 2012.
“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 band said in a cryptic press release announcing their return. “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.”
Garbage first appeared on the rock scene in 1995 with their self-titled debut, which scored a handful of big hits including the Clash loop-borrowing “Stupid Girl” and the anthemic “Only Happy When It Rains.” They returned in 1998 with Version 2.0, perhaps the most successful marriage of electronic music and traditional rock during the ill-fated electronica boom of the late ’90s.
The band’s last release was 2005’s Bleed Like Me, which was recorded amidst internal band strife and led to the group’s seven year hiatus. In the interim, Manson worked on a never-released solo album, immersed herself in charitable causes, and acted (most notably in the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Vig kept his production schedule up, twiddling the knobs for the likes of Green Day (2009’s 21st Century Breakdown) and Foo Fighters (2011’s Wasting Light).
The contents, title, and release date of the new Garbage album are uncertain, but there is one thing we can count on: It’ll be loud, groovy, and sexy, just like their 1998 Beach Boys-biting smash “Push It.”
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