Garbage buries the hatchet, new album and tour ahead
Four rocky years after the release of the group's third album, Garbage is returning with new material and a North American club tour.
"Bleed Like Me," the group's follow-up to 2001's "Beautiful Garbage," is due in stores April 11. The outing in support of the new set gets underway April 8 in Seattle, and so far is scheduled to visit a dozen cities.
"To me, personally, the very fact that [the new album] got finished is a miracle," singer Shirley Manson said in the band's record label biography.
Garbage essentially broke up after serving as the opening act on U2's 2001 tour. In the midst of the tour, drummer Butch Vig was diagnosed with Type A hepatitis and Manson later lost her voice, for which she eventually underwent successful surgery to remove a cyst on her vocal cord. When the group finally got around to working on new material, things didn't fall into place.
"On a psychological level, my heart just wasn't in it," Vig said in a statement. "It was like, 'I gotta go.' If we're gonna finish this record we gotta take a break and re-build the creative juices."
Five months later, the group was ready to get to work on new material.
Said Manson: "All the bands that came out back when we did are gone, but we're still standing, wanting to make records, regardless of success or expectations or other outside forces. That's a really empowering feeling, and I think it helped us make the record that we wanted in the end."