Posted April 27, 2021 by Jeff in Tunes

Garbage Expresses Belief in ‘Power of Dissent’ on New Single

Garbage, art provided by Garbage
Garbage, art provided by Garbage

Alt-rock act Garbage will release its seventh studio album, No Gods No Masters, on June 11 via Stunvolume/Infectious Music.  The record’s debut single “The Men Who Rule the World” and its accompanying mixed media video created by Chilean film director, animator and painter Javi.MiAmor just came out.

“This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins,” says frontwoman Shirley Manson in a press release. “It was our way of trying to make sense of how fucking nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.”

An industrial-strewth hard rock anthem, “The Men Who Rule the World” serves as a protest song. It’s a “searing indictment” and “call to arms critiquing of the rise of capitalist short-sightedness, racism, sexism and misogyny across the world.”

“It’s a clear statement of intent from a band who still believe in the power of dissent,” reads the press release about the tune and album.

Produced by Garbage and long-time collaborator Billy Bush, No Gods No Masters had its inception in the summer of 2018 in Palm Springs. The quartet – Manson and bandmates Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig – convened at a home belonging to one of Marker’s relatives and sketched out the skeleton of the album over two weeks, jamming, experimenting and feeling the songs out. They then took those demos and went their separate ways before connecting in Los Angeles to finish the record.

Garbage will unveil a deluxe CD/digital version of No Gods No Masters featuring covers of classic tracks by David Bowie, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen along with rare Garbage originals. The deluxe version also features new voices, with appearances from Screaming Females, Brody Dalle, Brian Aubert, John Doe and Exene Cervenka. The album will also be in record stores starting June 12 as part of RSD Drops and will be available in limited edition pink vinyl, featuring alternate cover art.

Photo credit: Garbage


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