Reinvigorated since spending 18 months on the road to support their
multimillion-selling debut and with their latest recording sessions behind them,
electronic rock quartet Garbage will head out again in late May for a mini-U.S.
tour to promote their next album, Version 2.0 (May 12).
The tour, the dates of which have not yet been released, is tentatively
scheduled to make stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston,
Washington, D.C., and New York, with more to be announced later, according to
the band's publicist, Rob Moore. The band, whose new single, "Push It," is
exploding onto modern-rock radio, is scheduled to be back for a larger-scale
tour in late summer.
Bassist Steve Marker said the quartet is "dying" to get on the road again to play
the new songs live. "We'll probably be on the road for a couple of years again,"
he explained in February, adding that the band was eager to get out after toiling
in the studio on Version 2.0 for nearly a year, on and off. "We really had
fun touring. I think we really surprised ourselves in that sense."
Meanwhile, Moore confirmed the track listing for the eagerly awaited 12-track
album, which will feature the songs:
"Temptation Waits," "I Think I'm Paranoid," "When I Grow Up," "Medication,"
"Special," "Hammering in My Head," "Push It," "The Trick is To Keep Breathing,"
"Dumb," "Sleep Together," "Wicked Ways" and "You Look So Fine."
Although they're only on their second album, Garbage have already
established a reputation for working off-beat sounds into their songs. They
mixed the sounds of an air-conditioner breaking down and a tape machine in its
dying throes into the track "Stupid Girl," from their self-titled debut. Marker told
SonicNet Music News that Version 2.0 continues the tradition with
contributions from a Wisconsin string trio, an L.A. street musician who makes his
own instruments and a Milwaukee DJ.
"All the computers and gear we used on this one really affected what we did a
lot," bassist/keyboardist Marker said about the album, which the group was still
mixing at its Madison, Wis., Smart Studios in February. "Which is great for us,
since we're not really the world's greatest musicians. Like now, I don't have to
play a guitar track all the way through because I get to use the good parts."
Among the collaborators scheduled to appear on the album at that point were
two violinists and a cellist, who recorded parts for the songs "Medication" and
"The Trick is To Keep Breathing"; a member of Milwaukee band Citizen King,
Malcolm, who did some scratching and turntable manipulation on the song
"Hammering In My Head"; and, the most unusual, street musician Michael
"[Garbage drummer] Butch [Vig] basically found him in this parking lot in L.A.,"
Marker said of Massley. "He collects all these weird instruments and he makes
a bunch of them and he played this thing called a Cybalon, which he invented,
that sounds like the world's biggest dulcimer."
Marker said Vig recorded Massley during a trip to L.A. and that his unusual
sounds crop up in unexpected places on the album.
Also in the mix this time was touring bassist Daniel Schulman, who played bass
on all the tracks but is not an official member of the band, which is fronted by
singer Shirley Manson and also features guitarist/keyboardist Duke Erikson.
Marker cautioned, however, that fans shouldn't expect any "Public Enemy stuff"
in Malcolm's scratching, referring to the pioneering hip-hop crew. "It was just
weird sounds and stuff," Marker said. "He just pulled some weird sounds off the
vinyl on five or six songs."
In addition to unusual collaborators, the band tapped some unlikely source
material for the album's first single, "Push It," which gives electronic props to
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson. "We tried to sample the Beach Boys'
'Don't Worry Baby' [on 'Push It'], but we just couldn't make it work," Marker said.
"So Shirley just sang the line 'Don't worry baby.' We sent a tape to Brian Wilson
to ask him if we could use it and he said it was OK, but that he didn't think it
sounded anything like the Beach Boys song."
The group was honored, anyway, not only because Wilson consented to the
sample, but because "he liked the tape we sent him enough to keep it," Marker
The band recently shot a video for "Push It" with director Andrea Giacobbe,
Moore said; Giacobbe previously filmed the disturbing, futuristic clip for the
Death in Vegas song "Dirt." The "Push It" video will begin airing this week.