Garbage's Shirley Manson Hints At 'Heavier' New Album

During online chat, singer tells fans B-sides compilation is on hold.

MTV News Online

Pop-rock experimentalists Garbage are holed up in their Madison, Wis., studio working on a new album, but singer Shirley Manson surfaced online Tuesday to talk about the band's progress.

Speaking with fans during a chat on gURL.com, Manson said that "at the moment, it's too early to give a definitive answer, but so far it's heavier, perhaps, than [1998's] Version 2.0. But we might get bored with that and strip it down to bare minimalism. Who knows."

Manson was chatting with gURL to plug the radio station she programmed and hosted for the site, but she also talked extensively about the new album. She said Garbage put plans for a B-sides compilation (as well as a home video and other projects) on hold because "our record company is in the process of being sold, which leaves us essentially label-less, but we're still bound by our contract to the label, which leaves us kind of frozen."

Despite that snag, the band continues to plow ahead on a new album, and Manson said she's been playing more guitar in the studio this time around.

"I decided that I wanted to play more guitar in the live context because I got a little disheartened on tour last summer when Garbage was playing all the summer festivals, and I found myself to be the only female on the bill," Manson explained. "I decided there and then that I would go back home and learn to play my guitar like a pro because I wanted to inspire people, particularly women, to pick up a guitar and make a noise."

Asked when can fans expect a new Garbage album in stores, Manson answered, "Don't ask questions like that! They make me edgy!"

— Robert Mancini