New Garbage Album Released

Great News! Garbage’s sixth studio album Strange Little Birds is now available in stores and at all digital retailers. The album was recorded and produced by the band (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) in Los Angeles and released via their own Stunvolume Records. Strange Little Birds is the follow up to 2012’s heralded Not Your Kind of People. The album is available for purchas e both physically here and digitally here.


Working initially in Vig’s basement and then at Red Razor Sounds in Los Angeles, Garbage drew on a variety of sources to inspire the album including recent fan letters back to the albums they loved when growing up.  “The guiding principle was keeping it fresh, and relying on instinct both lyrically and musically”, said frontwoman Shirley Manson.  Strange Little Birds is “less fussed over” than anything Garbage has ever made. “We fell in love with immediacy,” adds Vig.


Some will hear echoes of Garbage’s 1995 debut album in Strange Little Birds – including Manson herself. “To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records,” she says. “It’s getting back to that beginner’s headspace.” “In part,” she says, that’s a result of not having anyone to answer to.”

Check out the video for the album’s first single “Empty”, directed by longtime collaborator Samuel Bayer below:

Garbage are currently on the European leg of their tour, then they’ll be heading off the USA. Full tour dates below:

  • June 16 – Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain
  • June 18 – 101WKQX PIQNIQ – Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • July 6 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • July 7 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • July 8 – SumTur Amphitheater – Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  • July 10 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  • July 12 – The Pageant – St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • July 13 – Z104.5 The Edge 21st Birthday Bash, Brady Theater – Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
  • July 15 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • July 16 – The Fillmore – Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • July 17 – PromoWest Fest – Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • July 19 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
  • July 20 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • July 22 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • July 23 – Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  • July 25 – The National – Richmond, Virginia, USA
  • July 27 – Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, New Jersey, USA
  • July 28 – House Of Blues Boston – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • July 30 – The Fillmore Philly- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • July 31 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • August 1 – Summerstage – New York City, USA
  • August 3 – The Lincoln Theater – Washington DC, USA
  • August 6 – River Nights – Rheinfelden, Switzerland
  • August 8 – Lokerse Festival – Lokeren, Belgium
  • August 10 – A Summer’s Tale – Luhmühlen, Germany
  • August 12 – Fête du Bruit, Landerneau, France
  • August 14 – Kubana Festival, Riga, Latvia
  • August 16 – Live Park Zappa, Tel Aviv, Israel

It’s a pity that there are no South African dates on this tour schedule, but let’s hope they swing by here this year or next year to promote their new album.

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Henno Kruger
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