Following last year’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album Version 2.0, Garbage spent much of early 2019 working on their upcoming 7th studio album. In February, they teased the “darkness and light” and “sugar and spice” they were creating in the studio. In April, they were in the studio again. Today, Garbage returned to the studio, identifying it as “Day 1” of recording the new album. Does this mark the official beginning of the recording and production, following months of demoing? Or is it just “Day 1” of this particular session? It’s unclear, but the band is certainly making progress! We should be hearing the new music in 2020.
Although we’ve heard two songs from their sessions previous – 2017’s standalone single “No Horses” and their recent collaboration “Destroying Angels” – we know precious little about the sound of their forthcoming album. In June, NME shared an interview with Shirley Manson about politics, the future of rock music, and, of course, their new album. She revealed that the music is “cinematic” and “pretty personal.”
Check out Garbage’s new “Day 1” announcement:
Update 9/21: Here are some additional shots from Garbage’s first week in the studio:
Making the Album
Garbage first started working on new songs in spring 2017. That summer, we got a taste of their upcoming 7th album when they shared “No Horses” as a single. It was one of five songs they’d already started that year. They continued working on new songs early in 2018 and into that spring, though studio time halted when they toured in celebration of Version 2.0 turning 20.
For Record Store Day: Black Friday last year, Garbage shared another new song; “Destroying Angels” was released more widely this past January. Whereas “No Horses” was apocalyptic, “Destroying Angels” is a murder song. It sounds like the next Garbage album will be pretty dark! Though, as they said in February, it’ll be balanced out with some light, too. And, of course, sugar and spice and everything nice.
Last we heard, guitarist Steve Marker stated that they’re aiming to release the album in late 2019 or early 2020. At this point, sometime in 2020 is most likely.
Catch up on all that’s gone into making the album so far, and get ready for more studio updates as the band continues recording. “Day 1” is complete, but there will be plenty more news as they continue recording. Keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage music news.