Anything but rubbish

Nationality: UK/US

Genre: Alternative rock



They’ve been sort of coming and going have Garbage, but nothing will match the late nineties when the Wisconsin band with a Scottish lead singer and a self-titled debut album produced a string of Texas meets grunge hits in Only Happy When it Rains, Queer, Stupid Girl and Milk, and the follow up, the Grammy nominated Version 2.0, did just as well with Push It, I Think I’m Paranoid, Special and When I Grow Up. Plus there was a US number squeezed in between in the form of the re-released #1 Crush that received a new lease of life when it appeared on the Romero & Juliet soundtrack.

Beautiful Garbage was regarded as more than worthy third effort, but somehow the impetus was disappearing. Both the tour and work on their next album were hampered by various medical afflictions, and despite effectively splitting up in 2003 they were back in 2005 with Bleed Like Me. Both albums went Top 10 in the UK and spawned six Top 20 singles, but after another messy tour they were off on another of those ‘indefinite hiatus’ jobbies.

It’s really been six years since we heard anything from Garbage. Not even Shirley Manson’s solo album materialised. But ever since February 2010 they have been leaking stories about a new album, which we finally know is going to be called Not Your Kind of People and is due out, if all goes well (and with Garbage that it is by no means a given) in May 2012.

And with that also comes a tour, which at the moment takes in North America and Europe plus one date in Japan. Says Manson “thinking about going back on the road is both thrilling and terrifying in equal measure. But we’ve always enjoyed a little pain mixed in with our pleasure.”

It means that Garbage are back in Spain for the first time since they passed through Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia in 2005 – and the chosen venue this time is the BBK in Bilbao. And let’s hope they can prove a point. Some of the reaction to their announcement was met with sighs in the local press – for rather than delighting at the return of one of the leading girl-fronted alternative bands of the last couple of decades, some observers insinuated that BBK was scraping the barrel with yet another band that’s effectively passed its sell-by date.

Personally I don’t get it. They’re all going wild about The Stone bloody Roses making their comeback at Benicàssim, but I know which band I’d rather see, and it sure ain’t them.

Did you know: Shirley Manson used to go out with a mate of mine at school. Oh so he reckons.


Saturday July 14, 2012 Bilbao BBK Live Festival GET TICKETS HERE


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