Garbage’s Butch Vig to release country album

The producer of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' will put out his first album with Emperors of Wyoming

Garbage‘s drummer Butch Vig is set to release a country album.

Vig also produced Nirvana‘s seminal ‘Nevermind’ album and is pictured above with the grunge band’s surviving members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Vig’s new country and folk music band Emperors of Wyoming will put out their debut, self-titled LP on September 17.

The band is made up of singer songwriter Phil Davis (Fire Town), Pete and Frank Anderson (Call Me Bwana) and Vig on drums. The band formed in 2009 and mix up bluegrass, country and acoustic folk music using “cutting edge technology and ancient instruments”.

Garbage recently released their new album ‘Not Your Kind Of People’, their first since 2005’s ‘Bleed Like Me’ – you can read NME’s review of the record here.

Speaking to NME, Vig revealed that Garbage wanted to self-release the album because they didn’t like the experience of being on major record labels. They put out the record on their own imprint Stunvolume.

Vig explained: “We started out on independent labels both in the UK and in the US and then they ended up getting bought up by bigger corporate labels. In the end, no one from those labels seems to care or know who you are as a band and we just didn’t like that experience.”

Recorded in Atwater Village in Los Angeles, it is the group’s first not to be recorded in Madison, Wisconsin, the city where they formed in 1994. Recording the new album, Vig said, was “so easy to fall back into”. He added: “We wanted to embrace exactly who we are as a band and just make a Garbage record, we like to do what we like to do and we’ll do that and not give a shit about what anyone else thinks.”