Back in 2014, Garbage began working on their sixth studio album, the follow-up to their 2012 comeback, Not Your Kind Of People. At the time things were moving fast, and the band revealed more than 20 new song titles, but in 2015 Garbage took their time a bit more as they finished up and began mastering. Now the moment is almost here, and Garbage has officially confirmed the new album’s title: Strange Little Birds. It will be released this spring.
Strange Little Birds has already been mixed and mastered, and is expected out in April or May. Last year, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson described the album as romantic:
I’ve been talking about it, from a lyrical standpoint, being the most romantic. When I say romance, I mean the romance of living as opposed to “man and woman get together and make sweet love” – I don’t mean it that way. It’s a soft record in a funny way, my softest romantic record.
She also said the new album is inspired by growing older and more fearless:
Your relationship changes with your own life as you get older and it’s so strange to be celebrating our 20th anniversary and one minute you’re young and the next minute you’re like, “Wow I’m an adult, this is insane.” I’ve lived almost half a century and it just changes your relationship to everything in a funny way and how you see things. Once I was so hostile and so fearful that I was really aggressive all the time and now I feel like I’m not scared anymore for whatever reason. There’s something incredibly great about getting older that nobody ever seems to talk about, and for me it was [that] the fear dropped away completely and I felt fearless, and that changed everything for me.
Things are definitely about to get exciting: In the coming weeks, the band will likely reveal the album’s artwork, tracklist, and the lead single. In the meantime, it may be fun to guess what songs will make the cut. Garbage has kept fans involved throughout the recording process; you can read up on all they’ve shared over the months and see what song titles could appear on Strange Little Birds. Keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage music news – there’s sure to be a lot going on in the next few months!