Shirley Manson’s Garbage announce release date for eagerly-awaited new album

Garbage, the American-Scottish alt-rock band fronted by Edinburgh-born singer Shirley Manson, have announced the release date for their eagerly-awaited new album.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 12:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 11:35 am

The follow-up to 2016’s Strange Little Birds, No Gods No Masters ​is set for release on June 6.

Speaking about their newbie, Stockbridge-raised Manson, 54, said: “This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins.

“It was our way of trying to make sense of how nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in.

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“It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Manson said that 2020 was set to be the band’s “most fun year we’ve had in quite some time” – until the Covid-19 crisis put things on the backburner.

“We’re restructuring our business and changing the way we release records from the way we have in the last eight years. We have a lot of touring lined up, which of course we can’t carry out,” she said.

Asked what her day-to-day routine had been like during lockdown, she said: “There is no form to my day whatsoever.”

Edinburgh-born singer Shirley Manson performs with Garbage.
Edinburgh-born singer Shirley Manson performs with Garbage.

Garbage’s debut album was released in August 1995 and went on to sell over four million copies worldwide, buoyed by the now-classic hits Only Happy When It Rains, Stupid Girl, Vow and Queer.

They soon became one of the biggest bands on the planet, but Manson admitted recently she didn’t think they’d still be such big players more than two decades on from their debut.

“I don’t think anyone [foresees longevity] unless you’re a raging egomaniac,” she said.

“You’d be insane to assume you’d enjoy any longevity whatsoever. It’s a delightful surprise to be at this point in my life and still see the world and make music.”

A high point in Manson’s incredible career was Garbage being invited to play in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament on July 1, 1999.

On the day, she told the crowd: “I never thought I’d see the day. A parliament after 300 years. You should be proud of yourselves.”

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