Without conceiving it as a document of protest and social criticism, No Gods No Masters, the new of Garbage, it turned out to be.
Shirley Manson, lead singer of the group, expressed her feelings regarding the current situation in the world and the lack of control that the leaders have generated.
“I feel lucky that I was able to work at home, because I can’t get over the fact that so many people lost their jobs in the wake of the pandemic.” Garbage Member Butch Vig
“Many friends depend on tours and concerts, and they had a hard time and I am very sorry. I see the light thinking of a new tour; I’m already vaccinated and ready to go. ”Butch Vig, Garbage member“Shirley wrote the lyrics and I feel like it’s a reflection of how unhinged the world is. We concluded the assembly of the tracks on March 15, 2020 and we confined ourselves.
“Much of the instrumentation was recorded, but Shirley had not recorded her voice and almost all of the songs were recorded from her home. Literally, we spent our time sharing electronic files and that slowed down the process, “shared Butch Vig, drummer and co-producer of the alternative rock group, in an interview from his residence in California.
Tracks like “The Creeps”, “A Woman Destroyed” and “Wolves” make up the album, available this Friday on platforms and in physical form, although he has already released his first two singles: “The Men Who Rule the World” and “No Gods No Masters”.
“I think that our delay was beneficial because the intensity of the message soared, because (Donald) Trump was still President of the United States, the #MeToo movement was becoming more visible and all the economic inequality proliferated.
“The pandemic is coming, confinement is coming and it gives you the opportunity to see how crazy the world was and how crazy it gets. This album is the most social and political we have made and we feel very good, as artists we needed it ”, said the musician.
The multi-award-winning producer, who has worked with The Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Sonic Youth, highlighted the value of releasing a complete plate in these times when he perceives that the youngest bet only on immediacy.
“Music has changed in the last ten years in terms of how the consumer gets to a record. I still enjoy making albums, creating a body of work and bringing an entire album to life, wrapping myself in an atmosphere, be it Garbage, Foo Fighters or Green Day, but the new generations think in simple terms, in a concept designed for YouTube, and continue with another song.
“Everything has changed and I don’t regret it or complain, that’s the way it is now. For me it is a great achievement to know that a fan listened to a whole Garbage album even once, ”said the 65-year-old artist.
With nearly 20 million albums sold since their debut in 1995, Garbage will embark on a tour of Canada and the United States starting in August and plans to continue in Europe later this year.
He promised to come to the country between the summer or fall of next year.
Winged poetryThrough the cover of No Gods No Masters, the band, also made up of Steve Marker and Duke Erikson (guitar and keyboards), used the image of an angel from a grave in Dean Cemetery (Edinburgh) as a symbol to represent Garbage’s current music.
“Initially we were going to put a statue in pieces, something more symbolic, a figure from the time of romanticism, but we leaned towards something more poetic, and we thought of an angel for its symbolism.
“I think Shirley deeply questions our patriarchal society and the hunger for power, and not just political empowerment, but religious, economic, and tries to be very punctual about the power of spirituality and introspection and happiness. from day to day”.