Last October, Garbage revealed they were releasing a brand new song called “Destroying Angels” for Record Store Day: Black Friday. Following its physical-only release in November, the single is now finally available digitally. Garbage recorded the song with Exene Cervenka and John Doe, both from the California punk band X.
“Destroying Angels” is a murder ballad, and its deathly theme is evident from the very fist verse. Over a low, ominous piano, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson paints an image of a woman’s body found in the snow and ice. But this isn’t an innocent telling of a discovered victim. Rather, Shirley, Exene, and John sing from the perspective of the murderer. In an effort to quell the woman’s lies, the murderer fed her poisonous mushrooms and watched her die.
The song is spooky and darkly beautiful, and perhaps the best song Garbage has released for Record Store Day.
Listen to “Destroying Angels” featuring Exene Cervenka and John Doe below:
If that’s not enough Garbage excitement for one day, the band’s new single release also includes a cover of David Bowie’s “Starman” as its b-side. Garbage recorded it back in February 2018 for the Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie. Listen to Garbage’s “Starman” cover below:
The new single is an exciting sign of where Garbage is headed musically. After a bit of writing and recording in the last two years, the band will focus on recording their 7th studio album throughout 2019. Guitarist Steve Marker recently stated that they’re aiming to release the album in late 2019 or early 2020.
The band is still in the early stages of the recording process. But if you’re desperate for some hint of the new sound, we’re thinking “Destroying Angels” is a good indication of what the new music will sound like.
Another early taste is Garbage’s 2017 summer single, “No Horses.” It was one of five songs they’d already started that year. They continued working on the new songs in 2018, and should finish recording sometime later this year.
Catch up on all that’s gone into making the album so far, and enjoy the new single, “Destroying Angels.” As we await more news on Garbage’s upcoming 7th album, keep checking back here for all the latest music updates.
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