- Album Title: Strange Little Birds
- Release Date: June 10, 2016
- Recording Dates: Mid-2014 to late 2015; began mixing on December 1st
- Status: Physical albums have been pressed
- Singles: "Empty" (released 4/20/16)
Making The Album: 2013-2014
Finishing A Tour & Starting A New Album in 2013
In April 2013, drummer Butch Vig spoke with Billboard about Garbage's future plans. After finishing their tour in Mexico that April, Garbage wanted to get back into the studio and start the next album already. As he said, "I think we want to get going quicker. We'd like to see a record come out next year." He mentioned that they may have offers to play shows here and there, but the wanted to focus on making new music.
We may try to go into the studio in June and start working on another album. We're all excited about that. We don't really have any songs started yet, but we all have ideas for songs. I have little riffs and things floating around in my head. In the past it would be so laborious and each record would take a year, but 'Not Your Kind of People' took six months, so if we could get started some time in the summer and finish close to the end of the year, we could have it out in the spring or summer of next year, which would be cool.
Regarding new songs, the band was quiet for the rest of 2013.
New Songs & Record Store Day 2014
On January 1, 2014, Butch Vig took to Facebook to wish fans a Happy New Year - and to express his excitement about NEW Garbage songs:
On January 23rd, they teased with a studio picture asking "Recording something?"
It turns out, they were recording a new song with Brody Dalle:
On February 7th, Garbage announced that they would be contributing 2 new songs to Record Store Day: A single containing a song called "Girls Talk" - originally written for Absolute Garbage in 2007, but re-worked and recorded with Brody Dalle - and a Not Your Kind Of People leftover called "Time Will Destroy Everything."
On April 19th, the "Girls Talk" Single was released physically for Record Store Day around the world. A few weeks later, the two songs were released digitally as well.
Back To The Studio Again!
The band made that clear with their announcement on May 22nd that they were getting back to work in the studio:
On the 23rd, they also shared a picture of Duke Erikson in the studio:
Duke watching Status Quo playing "Pictures of Matchstick Men" on the tv+refusing to record because he is "busy" pic.twitter.com/4Oe2fWwWJo
— Garbage (@garbage) May 24, 2014
They seemed to just be getting started - the real start to their new album!
The continued sharing studio updates for a few weeks. On May 26th they shared a picture of Shirley Manson recording vocals:
Thank you Tim Cadiente @ Barton Perreira for my pink sunglasses. We are in LOVE with one another.......... pic.twitter.com/0viFPV2Ei1
— Garbage (@garbage) May 26, 2014
They also showed Steve Marker at work:
After that, they got quiet for 2 months. In July, they returned to the studio again:
On July 28th they excited fans with a promising message:
Those of you who are with us, we are cooking up something extra special for you. Just saying…..#stayherewithusitwillbeworthit
— Garbage (@garbage) July 29, 2014
And on July 31st, they suggested they might be touring soon!
We are starting to think about and make plans to do some more of this. You know......for those of you who might b... pic.twitter.com/oswlcJhMYR
— Garbage (@garbage) July 31, 2014
Whether this tour will serve as inspiration before they continue writing, a platform to test out the new songs, or a full support of a new album is still not clear, but either way this is great news.
When I went to take a pee in the studio,Duke dropped a pair of fake false teeth into my water glass . It was scary. S pic.twitter.com/92CW5Aa2yN
— Garbage (@garbage) August 1, 2014
Is "Angry Bees" a new song title?
Garbage Reveals 22-Song Track List!
On August 21st, the band shared some behind-the-scenes pictures - with a list of over 20 new song titles! Check it out:
It's hard to read, but the white board shows the names of 22 new songs that may appear on Garbage's next record. Numbers 1 and 2 are cut off, but the rest of the list was there for fans to decipher and get excited.
On August 27th, Garbage posted some more pictures, and these included the first two songs as well:
This completes our lengthy track list for Garbage's upcoming 6th album.
- Let Yourself Go
- Moth To Light
- If I Lose You
- The End
- Night Drive Loneliness
- So We Can Feel Alive
- Never Tell
- Fucking With You
- Show Business
- Learn To Be Beautiful
- On Fire
- Loneliness Of Boys
- Even If Our Love’s Dead
The band also shared some more studio goodies, most of them with that delightful white board lurking in the background:
Meanwhile.......fingers and paws are having a nap and a twiddle. pic.twitter.com/wj9hx7UKY3
— Garbage (@garbage) August 28, 2014
Big Plans: Finishing The Album By End of 2014 + An Upcoming 20th Anniversary
On September 2, 2014, drummer Butch Vig spoke with Adler about Garbage's recording process, and he had plenty to reveal. Garbage was set to begin officially recording that week, but they didn't expect to take long. They planned to finish the whole recording process by the end of the year!
Until then, Garbage had been writing and jamming for a few days at a time. By then they had around 35-40 new songs (or “jammy ideas,” as Butch describes them). They were going to sort through those and record their favorites, and planned to be done in about 3 or 4 months. That means that album #6 will probably be out sometime in early to mid 2015.
But that’s not all that’s happening next year. 2015 marks the 20 year anniversary since Garbage released their self-titled debut album, and the band has some big plans to celebrate. According to Butch, they will be “rolling out a re-issue” of Garbage, and it will include lots of bonus material and b-sides. They also have a lot of archival footage that they hope to release as well.
With a brand new album and a 20 year anniversary re-issue, 2015 will be a big year for Garbage fans. To top it off, Garbage will also be going on tour next summer and fall, so keep an eye out for official tour announcements in the coming months.
Check out the full interview below. Butch Vig starts talking about all the Garbage music plans around 1:54.
In The Studio: Social Media Updates (September - October)
On September 10th, Garbage uploaded a short clip of music to their Instagram as well as their official website.
On September 16th they showed some more shots of the band in the studio:
— Garbage (@garbage) September 20, 2014
Shirley Manson Says New Album Will Be "Romantic"
On November 1st, Mexican news site Sipse published a new interview with Shirley Manson. In addition to talking about underground music and U2, Shirley also described the new album a bit. As Sipse reported (in Spanish),
Respecto al futuro de Garbage, Shirley adelantó que seguirán haciendo discos y prueba de ello es que ahora se encuentran en el estudio preparando el siguiente material, que fue descrito como “muy romántico”.
Para el siguiente año la banda de rock planea hacer una gira que comenzaría a partir de marzo y con esta serie de conciertos quieren hacer alguna celebración especial por los 20 años que cumple su primera placa.
Here is an English translation:
Regarding the future of Garbage, Shirley announced that they are continuing to make records, and proof of this is that they are now in the studio preparing their next material, which was described as "very romantic."
For next year, the rock band plans to tour starting this March, and with this series of concerts they want to make a special celebration for the 20 year birthday of their first album.
It will be interesting to hear a "romantic" record from Garbage! And a tour early in 2015 sounds great as well - Garbage was and still is an amazing album, and what better way to celebrate its 20th anniversary
In The Studio: Social Media Updates (November - December)
— Garbage (@garbage) November 20, 2014
This is how we do.....
Cloth stuck into bridges. pic.twitter.com/o7SbZFwQBV
— Garbage (@garbage) December 5, 2014