Garbage is working on a new album. The followup to 2016’s Strange Little Birds, the next record will be their 7th. The band has been writing and recording songs throughout the year, though they have a good excuse for the slow pace: 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album, Version 2.0. As such, Garbage has been touring in support of its reissue on their 20 Years Paranoid tour. But even as they celebrate the past, they’re always looking forward to what’s next. Which is where album #7 comes in.
The band has been planning to release the next album sometime in 2019… But according to guitarist Steve Marker, it may not actually be ready until early 2020. In a new interview with Cryptic Rock, Steve got honest about their planned release date:
Either the very end of 2019 or the very beginning of 2020. The year 2020 sounds like a cool year to us. We are working on that and writing songs; that is really what keeps you going. I think if we were just trudging around the world playing old songs, we wouldn’t be that interested in touring. But since we are constantly writing new songs, trying to come up with new ideas with new technologies and using new sounds, that is what we’re really into. It’s what keeps you going and keeps you interested in what you are doing. I think it’s really important to keep moving forward.
What will the next record sound like? Steve described its sound and their progress thus far:
We just started writing out ideas and it’s a huge jumble of strange ideas at this point. That is usually how our records start, then they get narrowed down and molded into something that starts to make sense. I don’t have the slightest idea of what it’s going to end up sounding like. (Laughs) If I knew, I’d tell you. It really could go off in any number of ways. We never really decide ahead of time exactly how it’s going to end up.
I think the journey and getting to where it’s a finished product is what’s really interesting. Right now it’s rough ideas and it can go in different ways. Arguing amongst ourselves and trying to make it into something coherent is the fun of the whole process. It can be anything at this point.
Clearly, the band is still in the early stages of the recording process. But if you’re desperate for some hint of the new sound, look no further than Garbage’s latest single. Last summer, “No Horses” was our first taste of where their next record is going, and one of five songs they’d already started. You can buy “No Horses” on iTunes or stream the song on Spotify now. Furthermore, all profits from sales and streaming of this song will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross through the end of 2018.
The band also just released an incredible biography last year, so be sure to pick up their book, This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake.
If you’re looking for more to collect, be sure pick up some concert tickets! Garbage is touring in celebration of Version 2.0. They’re currently touring North America, so grab your tickets before it’s too late! To get into the right spirits, listen to their reissue of Version 2.0 while you’re at it.
2019 and 2020 will be exciting for Garbage fans! Catch up on all that’s gone into making the album so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage news.