My personal philosophy courtesy of Shirley Manson of Garbage
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Great news this week for fans of alt rockers Garbage, who announced plans to release a new album in a few months – their first album release for seven years.

The album was recorded in LA with the original Garbage line-up, featuring Scottish singer Shirley Manson, Steve Marker on guitar and keyboards, Duke Erikson on guitar and keyboards and Butch Vig on drums, loops. It will be released on the band’s own new indie label STUNVOLUME.

Garbage formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994 and became one of the most popular indie groups of the Nineties, following their first album release in 1995, the eponymous Garbage, which went double platinum in the UK, US and Australia and spawned thousands of music t-shirts bearing the image of Manson’s face. It contained the band’s hit singles Stupid Girl and Only Happy When It Rains.

The band’s follow-up album, 2008’s Version 2.0 , shot to the top of the UK album charts soon after its release, and built on the Garbage sound established by its predecessor. Garbage also had success on the back of this when they co-produced and performed the theme song for the 19th Bond film, The World Is Not Enough in 1999.

Beautiful Garbage was the band’s third album, which suffered initially from poor sales, partly due to its release date, just weeks after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, poor chart placing for its lead single Androgyny and a lack of promotion by the record company. Despite this, it was well received by critics, and eventually topped the Aussie album charts, as well as being named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 10 Albums of the Year.

2005’s Bleed Like Me was Garbage’s fourth album, and looked like it might be the last, having been plagued with problems when recording began in 2003, including the band going “on indefinite hiatus” due to tensions between the members. Fortunately, they seem to have settled their differences, and fans will be eagerly looking forward to the new release in a few months.

To date, Garbage have sold more than 12 million albums across the world, and the new album should substantially add to this success – especially with the accompanying world tour set to take place over the summer.

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