Garbage are to release a double album of B-sides and rarities featuring at least two new tracks early next year.
And according to drummer Butch Vig, the new songs, ‘Til The Day I Die’ and ‘Silence Is Golden’, point towards the direction of the next Garbage album proper, the as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year’s ‘Version 2.0’.
Speaking to NME exclusively from the London set where they are shooting the video to their forthcoming Bond film single ‘The World Is Not Enough’, Vig said the new songs were “very different for us”.
Of ‘Silence Is Golden’, he said: “It’s a different groove for us. It’s simpler in some ways, but also raw-sounding in places and also orchestral in a guitar sense. It’s really exciting.”
‘Til The Day I Die’ features Shirley Manson singing falsetto and is described as “more of a B-side”.
Vig explained that the band had written the two songs in three days and would be recording more material on the road as they continued their year of touring.
“We’re taking a mini-studio on the road with us, and though it’s hard to get motivated to do more work, it does alleviate the boredom,” he said.
The band have also been remixing other previous tracks spanning their career for the as-yet-untitled B-sides album, to be released on Mushroom. A number of named producers and remixers have been approached to work on some tracks, although Vig said nothing had been finalised yet.
As for the Bond single, the theme tune to the forthcoming Pierce Brosnan-starring film of the same name, Vig said it was unmistakably Garbage, despite having been written for the soundtrack by David Arnold and featuring a 60-piece orchestra.
“It’s pretty dark and sweeping, but it’s pretty Bond too. It’s cool to be part of the whole Bond thing,” he said. ‘The World Is Not Enough’ is released through Universal/ Island on November 15. The film is due out on November 26.