Butch Vig: Garbage's Hiatus Cleared Members' 'Baggage'
Butch Vig: Garbage's Hiatus Cleared Members' 'Baggage'

"Everyone's getting along… It's very much like a little, dysfunctional functioning family," Butch Vig tells Billboard.

Garbage isn't interested in taking any more seven-year breaks between albums -- and, in fact, could actually have a follow-up to 2012's "Not Your Kind of People" out in 2014.

"I think we want to get going quicker. We'd like to see a record come out next year," drummer and co-producer Butch Vig tells Billboard. After finishing a North American run and then playing a couple of shows in Mexico during April, Vig says the quartet plans to come off the road to focus on its next endeavor. "We have a couple offers to play, but we may try to go into the studio in June and start working on another album. We're all excited about that. We don't really have any songs started yet, but we all have ideas for songs. I have little riffs and things floating around in my head. In the past it would be so laborious and each record would take a year, but 'Not Your Kind of People' took six months, so if we could get started some time in the summer and finish close to the end of the year, we could have it out in the spring or summer of next year, which would be cool."

The appetite to record again speaks to the healed relationships between the Garbage members, which were frayed during the hiatus that followed 2005's "Bleed Like Me." Singer Shirley Manson blames that on frustration with the music industry rather than each other; "When that happens," she explains, " you're gonna snap at your family, right? Not the outside world. It's who you trust and who you feel safe with that you tend to like to reveal yourself to." Now, however, Vig says Garbage is back on an even keel.

"Everyone's getting along," he notes. "We're really having fun at the shows. We go out to dinner, hang out, tell jokes. We look out for each other, too; if someone's down and not feeling very good, we try to pick them up. It's very much like a little, dysfunctional functioning family."

Fans will get to hear a some new Garbage music next month, too. For Record Store Day, the group covered Patti Smith's "Because The Night" with Screaming Females, who Garbage toured with last fall.

"We did it old-school style," Vig reports. "They came out to Hollywood and we went into a big tracking room and recorded Phil Spector style -- two drum its, two bass rights, Shirley and Marissa (Paternoster) singing vocals. We cut it live and did very few overdubs, did everything in a day and it came out pretty great. Marissa plays, I think, a 48-bar guitar solo at the end; that girl can shred like Eddie Van Halen, no kidding." The Record Store Day vinyl single will come out as a limited run of 3,000 copies, but Vig says he's confident it will subsequently be available as a digital release, though no firm plans for that have been determined.

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