Garbage launch new single ‘Empty’ – listen

Sixth album 'Strange Little Birds' follows on June 10

Garbage have unveiled ‘Empty’, the first single from their forthcoming album ‘Strange Little Birds’, and the first single taken from an album since 2012’s ‘Control’.

Vocalist Shirley Manson has described the track as “exactly what it says it is, a song about emptiness.”

Garbage had previously released a stand-alone single every year since the launch of their fifth album, 2012’s ‘Not Your Kind Of People’.

‘Strange Little Birds’ – which will be released on the band’s own label STUNVOLUME on June 10 – has been described by Manson as “less fussed over” than anything Garbage have ever made, with Butch Vig adding that the band “fell in love with immediacy.”

Listen to the new track via YouTube, below:

Speaking of the album, Vig later added:

“It’s quite different for us. It’s very cinematic and there are a lot of sonic moments on the record that are not necessarily typical Garbage. We sort of took the rock out and deconstructed the songs, made them more vulnerable-sounding.”

“Some moments get completely crazy, completely blown out. I think it’s one of those records people are going to listen to the first time and go, ‘Wow, what was that?’ They’re gonna need to hear it a couple times to get into it. But we’re really happy with it. We hope Garbage fans will find it as interesting as we do.”

At the time of the album launch, Manson said “To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records. It’s getting back to that beginner’s headspace. In part, that’s a result of not having anyone to answer to.”

As well as a the album, Garbage have also promised further live dates to add to the current European tour, though it’s not clear if those dates will include further UK appearances. At present their two UK dates come right after the album launch, as follows:

Troxy, London (June 13)
Rock City, Nottingham (June 14)

The full tracklisting for ‘Strange Little Birds’ will be as follows:

If I Lost You
Night Drive Loneliness
Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
We Never Tell
So We Can Stay Alive
Teaching Little Fingers To Play