A Pretty Good Article Posted On: May 7, 2005 20:10:56 GMT -5
Post by runbabyrun on May 7, 2005 20:10:56 GMT -5
Garbage puts trash talk on hold
May 7, 2005
BY SUSANNA HOMAN Advertisement
Garbage almost bottomed out last year. The night before a sold-out Wednesday show at Metro, the reunited band was at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport, to promote its new album, "Bleed Like Me," at a private show.
"We finished this record, then we almost threw it away," says the band's drummer, Butch Vig, whose career includes producing Nirvana's "Nevermind."
"We almost killed each other last year," he says. "You know how you fight with your brother and sister? That's how Garbage is."
After a four-month break, the band is back and came to Chicago to play a short set for about 100 of WXRT's VIPs, members of the radio station's Web site. On the playlist: "I Think I'm Paranoid," "Why Do You Love Me," "Bleed Like Me" and "Only Happy When It Rains."
Onstage, singer Shirley Manson admitted that touring "brings out the beast in me." Manson was discovered by Vig and his bandmates in Chicago 10 years ago playing at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, with a band called Angelfish.
"We have a love affair down here," says Vig. "When we met Shirley we went to an all-night disco and drank 25 beers. Then we went and got food -- she was starving because the band was broke. We were out till the sun came up, bonding as mates."
The new album's title track is a song about "how people go through pain, and the best way to get it out of your system is through empathy," says Vig. "Shirley wrote those lyrics about the people that she knows."
Good thing it wasn't, uh, trashed. "We made the album of our career," says Vig. "We caught a vibe on this record."