Garbage’s new album Strange Little Birds isn’t due until June, but the band recently shared the first single from their new sessions: the dark and soul-baring rocker, “Empty.”
Long known for their post-industrial, tricked-out rhythms and electronic-pop melodies, the band’s new material is set to have the back-to-basics feel found on their self-titled debut 20 years ago. The record will be the second full-length release on the band’s own label, STUNVOLUME, which has, more or less, recharged the foursome’s drive.
Lyrically and musically, singer Shirley Manson claimed the new tracks are “less fussed over” than any others Garbage have made. “We fell in love with immediacy,” says drummer-producer Butch Vig. “The vocals aren’t slick. They have a raw, emotional feel.”
“Empty” definitely feels like classic Garbage, but with a fresh new spin. The guitars are loud and anthemic, even, while the lyrics have that beautifully dark, yet completely relatable tone to them–everything we’ve come to expect (and love) from the anti-pop star Manson.
“I love dark and dismal,” says Manson. “I’m aching for some dark and dismal. Because I feel like the musical landscape of late has been incredibly happy and shiny and poppy. Everybody’s fronting all the time, dancing as fast as they can, smiling as hard as they can, working on their brand. Nobody ever says, ‘Actually, I’m lost and I don’t have a fucking clue what I’m doing with the rest of my life and I’m frightened.’ ”
And that guitar in the bridge? Razor sharp.
Check out “Empty” below. Strange Little Birds releases June 10, 2016.
Listen to the first single “Empty” off of Garbage’s sixth studio album Strange Little Birds, out June 10th 2016. The album is available for pre-order with several different bundle and format options. All fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an instant download of the new single.