It’s been a good weekend for Garbage fans. The rejuvenated foursome tweeted that they have finished mixing the first song from their upcoming new album, the follow-up-that-almost-never-was to 2006′s Bleed Like Me, and that we would get to hear it first come October. Producer Butch Vig recently confirmed that the band were creating rough mixes for twenty-four new songs, and tweeted the working titles of twelve: ‘Time Will Destroy Everything’, ‘Blood For Poppies’, ‘Automatic Systematic Habit’, ‘Control’, ‘Lies, Lies, Lies’, ‘Sugar’, ‘Not Your Kind Of People’, ‘T.R.O.U.B.L.E’, ‘Felt’, ‘Big Brite World’, ‘Alone’ and ‘Animal’.
Shirley Manson’s eleven year old god-daughter sings on ‘Not Your Kind Of People’, which, back in May at least, was set to be the closing track on the album, which is set for a 2012 release. Drummer Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Fiona Apple) and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails) played on a few songs, too.
Posting on her Facebook page at the end of July, Manson wrote: “I swear I’m not trying to be arrogant or cocky or anything. I promise I am trying to be realistic and keep things in perspective and all. But when I say that I think we are making the best collection of songs of our career I think I am being honest. They may not be the most cutting edge or the hippest thing or the sound of a decade or any of that shit, but I think it is an honest collection of ideas coming from a bunch of freaks and geeks, laying down where we are at and who we are and everything we have been through and, well, the authenticity of that can’t be debated. We are who we are. This is what we are. Collectively. And we are proud of it. And we hope you can relate. And if you can’t… well I guess that’s for us to think about and reflect upon and grow from.”