Shirley Manson Talks New Garbage Music With The ‘LA Times’


On Sunday we learned that Garbage has FINALLY announced the title of their new album (Not Your Kind of People) with the revamped relaunch of their official homepage at Today we get to read a short interview that frontwoman Shirley Manson gave to The LA Times about the band’s upcoming new album, the final death of her solo album and her plans to LIVE LIFE to the FULLEST! It’s a short but very sweet interview … which you can read in full below.

Releasing an album on your own label: scary or liberating?
Free at last! Free at last!! Collectively and individually for that matter, we probably have more experience making records and releasing them than 99% of people working at labels these days. Nor do we have anyone to answer to other than ourselves. People at record companies live in fear of being wrong. Music cannot thrive in that environment. It is an unruly art form. You can’t keep treating it like sausage meat. You have to let it morph and move and breathe. So are we scared? Not a jot.

Garbage has been on hiatus, so what was it like going back into the studio after so much time off?
Like rolling down a steep hill tucked inside a rubber tire. A tad claustrophobic, exhilarating and a little terrifying.

What’s your favorite lyric on the record?
“I hate love.”

So are you still working on your solo album as well?
My solo album is dead and buried. We had the funeral. It was sad and I cried a lot but it made such a beautiful corpse that we had an open casket.

Do you plan taking on any more acting roles, or is music where you want to focus?
I plan on doing as much in my life as I possibly can. I am greedy, and most importantly, game for what’s next.

You still stand out as one of the coolest women in pop. Think Gaga is nervous you’re back?
I refuse to step inside the ring and fight like a gladiator against my own. I’m not playing that game. Any woman who has survived a year or more of making music has my undying respect. It is a hard and vicious game and only the strongest and smartest survive.

F*ck yes, Shirley Manson is THE best. Class act all the way, horribly talented in many respects and just a damn cool lady. I can’t even express how excited I am that Garbage is back with new music this year. I understand that the band are still in the studio working on the album (tweaking, I’d imagine) and they are slowly releasing concert dates. The band has announced that they are playing an intimate show here in LA in April and you can bet your collective patoot that I will do everything in my power to be at that show. It’s a really exciting time to be a music fan right now. So much amazing stuff going on this year … and the year has only just begun. So exciting!


  • Darion

    L O V E ! ! ! ! ! So motherfrakkin’ excited!

  • banana

    Damn i really love how she answered the Gaga question! A classy act indeed!!! LOVE YOU SHIRLEY!!!!