Garbage Experiment With New Sounds
For Next Album
From Addicted To Noise
By Gil Kaufman
To Noise Senior
Writer Gil Kaufman
reports: You'd never
guess by chatting with
them that the members
of Garbage are feeling the intense pressure to beat the
sophomore jinx with their in-progress second album. In fact,
talking to guitarist Steve Marker, phoning from 3/4 of the
member's hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, it sounds like
Garbage are pleasantly re-living the laid back vibe of the first
album's sessions. That album has sold over a million copies
in the U. S.
"We're just sitting around trying to write some songs," said
Marker, adding that despite what some would like to
believe, "things are going great."
"Nobody's banging their head against the wall just yet," he
The group took a working holiday at a Seattle cabin a few
months back during which they locked themselves into a
room and took what Marker described as a "very lo-fi
recording set-up" which they used to record new song ideas
directly into a computer. "We basically just sat around in a
room having a beer and one person would play something,
and the others would join in or not," said Marker of the
band's less-than-intense working method.
As for what those sessions yielded, Marker could only
describe the results as "25 things that could be songs, or
could be crap, it's hard to say."
met up again in
Madison recently after
a post Grammy's break and have spent every day listening to
the 25-plus fragments and gotten back to their rigorous
schedule of "sitting around having a beer and seeing if
anyone can come up with something."
Although Marker said things are going well, he also said it's
still way too early to call any of what they have "songs."
However Marker did reveal that a pleasant side-effect of
many months of touring was that songs and ideas do seem to
be coming to the group a lot faster, mainly because "if
somebody does have an idea, we don't have to fumble
around on a guitar as much looking for the right notes."
So far the sessions have yielded one song Marker described
as "a total 70's disco thing," and a bunch of songs that are
"way too noisy for anybody to hear."
Surprisingly, Marker said there's a stack of song fragments
that feature some "scratchy stuff." He said he utilized his
recently-acquired set of turntables for his "fake DJ" trip.
Marker expects the group to be in the studio "almost every
day" for the whole summer, with the earliest, most optimistic
date for a new album being sometime in September. "Right
now we're just trying to get the arrangements down and find
the key Shirley (Manson) sings them in," said Marker,
praising Manson for coming up with a couple of "really good
lyrics without really thinking about it" through improvisation
over the boys' tracks.
The "quiet one" promised that Garbage wouldn't play any
live shows until the new album is completed and they've all
had a chance to "finish coming down from the last tour."