Garbage Mixing Album, Done with 7 Songs So Far

Over the past few years, Garbage has been working on their upcoming 7th album. Last we heard, they had finished recording and were just about to start mixing the songs when the pandemic hit. But, in spite of COVID-19, they are still making progress. Garbage just shared that they’re currently mixing the 7th song for the album.

Frontwoman Shirley Manson shared the photo today, writing:

Our engineer @ambushinc mixing track #7 of album #7 in the 7th month of this hideous year.
#thepatienceofasaint #lucky#7 #mybetterhalf

Their engineer is none other than Billy Bush. As that last hashtag indicates, he’s also Shirley’s husband.

Check out Billy Bush in action, mixing the 7th song on Garbage’s forthcoming 7th album:

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 February last year, 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 year they teased the “darkness and light” and “sugar and spice” they were creating in the studio. In April 2019, 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 continued making progress! Garbage re-entered the studio in January and shared an update at the end of February.

Finally, at the end of March, drummer Butch Vig shared an update. In addition to saying the album was going into the mixing phase, he also shared a short clip of one of the new songs!

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Additional Clues

So far, we still know precious little about the sound of their forthcoming album. In June 2019, 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

Catch up on all that’s gone into making the album so far, and get ready for more studio updates as the band finishes mixing and mastering the record. We can expect to hear the album in early or mid-2021. Keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage music news.

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