This year, Garbage will finally release their 7th studio album, the followup to their 2016 record, Strange Little Birds. They’ve been writing and recording off and on for the last few years, but it looks like Garbage is in the home stretch now. After a break for the holidays, the band returned to the studio in late January to continue recording. Here are some of the updates they shared:
Steve listening intently to playback.
There is always a point in the making of a record when the big splashes have been committed to. That’s when my brain starts to get destructive. Luckily I work with three weirdos who love nothing more than to obsess over strange details.
The space where I sing.
And our studio dog. 🖤 #g7
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 in late 2018, Garbage shared another new song; “Destroying Angels” was released more widely at the beginning of 2019. Whereas “No Horses” was apocalyptic, “Destroying Angels” was a murder song. It sounds like the next Garbage album will be pretty dark! Though, as they said last February, it’ll be balanced out with some light, too. And, of course, sugar and spice and everything nice.
Following the 2018 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. Last 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. In mid-September, Garbage returned to the studio, announcing it as “Day 1” of recording the new album. Did that mark the official beginning of the recording and production, following months of writing and demoing? Or was it just “Day 1” of that particular session? It’s unclear, but we do know the band has been making progress!
So far, we still know precious little about the sound of their forthcoming album. Last 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.”
Last October, Garbage teased fans with a handful of full and partial song titles, including the following:
- [unreadable] About You
- This City Will Kill You
- The Creeps
- [unreadable] K
- Waiting For God To Show Up
- Anonymous Sexx
Guitarist Steve Marker has stated that Garbage is aiming to release the album in 2020. At this point, we’d expect sometime around the middle of this year.
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. In the next few months, we expect tings to get really exciting as Garbage finishes up recording. Keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage music news.