Garbage has been getting ready to release their upcoming sixth studio album for more than two years. After months of quiet preparation, the band officially announced Strange Little Birds will be out on June 10th featuring 11 new songs. Today Garbage released the first single from Strange Little Birds, “Empty.” It’s an uptempo track that is anthemic in spite of dark lyrics. It starts with a rollicking guitar riff and confessional verses before launching into a chorus that is simple yet infectious and pulsing. “Empty” is reminiscent of Garbage’s earliest songs, and all of their fans are sure to love it more with each listen.
“Empty” sets the tone for Garbage’s forthcoming album. Frontwoman Shirley Manson has called the new music romantic and more vulnerable than any music the band has released, and the band went into it with a similar mentality to what they had when recording their self-titled debut 21 years ago. As she said in a press release, “What I mean by romance, really, is vulnerability. I used to feel so scared, and I think that was why I was so aggressive — but I’m much more willing to admit weaknesses than I was before.”
You can listen to “Empty” below:
Strange Little Birds is available for pre-order on iTunes now, and it comes with an instant download of “Empty.” If you prefer physical, there are CD and vinyl pre-order options available on the band’s official website as well. The album is set to be released on June 10th. Garbage will also be touring Europe, North America, and more starting this spring and summer, so stay tuned for an official announcement soon. In the meantime, be sure to read up on all that went into making the album and what songs didn’t make the cut. Keep checking back here for all the latest Garbage music news – there should be plenty more with a new album around the corner!