Shirley Manson: ‘The new Garbage record is inspired by David Bowie, Siouxsie Sioux, Cocteau Twins’

'Not Your Kind Of People' is out on May 14

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has said that the band’s forthcoming album, ‘Not Your Kind Of People’, has been inspired by David Bowie, Siouxsie Sioux and Cocteau Twins.

The band were interviewed live on UStream at 9pm (BST) this evening (April 3), taking questions from fans which were submitted via their Facebook page, before premiering the Matt Irwin directed black and white video for comeback single ‘Blood For Poppies’.

When asked if ‘Not Your Kind Of People’ saw them looking toward any new influences, Manson said she had been looking back to “all these people that built my musical fabric”. Butch Vig added that he’d taken inspiration from prog rock and the first Suicide album.


After being asked what they had been up to since their 2005 album ‘Bleed Like Me’, Manson said: “I don’t really know what I’ve been doing… We spent our time living life, then [we were] ready to record a record and here we are!”

Vig went on to say they were ‘jazzed’ about the new album and that “the most challenging part of the album was just getting us into the studio”. He added that when the band finally got together “all these songs started falling in our laps… There wasn’t really any tension… We were free agents, we weren’t signed to a label, so there was nobody telling us what we could and couldn’t do”. Manson said that “the general feeling when we were in the studio together was playful”.

Garbage release their fifth album ‘Not Your Kind Of People’ on May 14. Recorded in Atwater Village in Los Angeles, the album has been produced by Garbage and mixed by the band’s drummer Butch Vig.

Garbage will be playing a handful of UK shows in July. The band follow up their one-off gig at London’s Troxy on May 9 with four more UK shows, starting on July 1 at London O2 Academy Brixton, then visiting Wolverhampton Civil Hall on July 2 and Manchester Academy (July 3) and finishing up at Glasgow Barrowlands (July 4). The dates make up part of a larger European tour.

Garbage play:

London Troxy (May 9)
London O2 Academy Brixton (July 1)
Wolverhampton Civil Hall (2)
Manchester Academy (3)
Glasgow Barrowlands (4)


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