Garbage has consistently satiated our alt music fix since the ’90s. Now, in honor of Record Store Day, the band has once again gotten us majorly amped up with a new song and video song that meshes together vaguely eerie vibes with a serious rock feel. Consider us teleported back to the musicians’ start in cramped punk clubs.
“The Chemicals,” which features Brian Aubert of Silversun Pickups, flaunts Shirley Manson’s signature sultry vocals in a simple, building chorus that teems with anticipation, ready to errupt into a burst of head-banging bass and percussion. The video, directed by Sophie Muller, gives a black and white, smoky look at a crowded club. “We’ve always been talking about the beauty of small punk clubs,” says Manson. “We were sort of rueing with the loss of a lot of those clubs that Sophie and I grew up in—that sort of sweaty excitement and the sensuality that comes when you cram people in such a tiny space.”
While the band’s last studio album, Not Your Kind of People, was released in 2012, Garbage has continually released songs for Record Store Day since. This year, “The Chemicals” will be available on a two track fluorescent orange 10” vinyl available for purchase on Saturday, April 18, through select independent retailers.