New Sounds: Garbage continue their modern renaissance with ‘No Horses’

Later this month, Garbage roll into the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston for a July 30 date as part of their co-headlining Rage and Rapture tour with Blondie. But just as Debbie Harry and the boys are riding high on a riveting batch of new music, including remarkably fresh single “Fun”, Garbage are proving they’re no nostalgia act either. Well, kind of.

Today, the band released a new track called “No Horses,” and the song is a bit of a throwback to that classic ’90s Garbage sound, falling somewhere between the electronic urgency of “Push It” and dark yearning of “Milk” and “You Look So Fine.” It continues Garbage’s modern renaissance, following up 2016 LP Strange Little Birds.

“‘No Horses’ started as a jam, hardly any music, like a lot of these weird noise loops, and Shirley sang this amazing line over it,” drummer Butch Vig tells Variety, via Pitchfork. “It’s very Patti Smith stream of consciousness, very pertinent politically to what’s going on.”

It also finds Shirley Manson sounding as in control as ever. Listen to the track below, and check out Matthew Shelter’s full gallery from when Garbage played the Orpheum back in 2015. Featured photo up by by Shelter from that collection.