Eagle Rock [Release date 27.05.13]
Somewhere, lurking in my CD collection I have a copy of Garbage’s eponymous 1995 debut album. But that aside, they’re a band I’ve never felt any great compunction to track over succeeding years. So it was interesting to see what sort of show they’d put one, on their return to the spotlight after a seven year break. And the answer, caught at an intimate Denver theatre towards the end of their One Mile High tour is, a pretty impressive one.
No pretensions, no over-elaborate stage show, just a bunch of likeminded musos giving a damn good thrash. In Shirley Manson, of course, they have one of the most charismatic, and scary, front women in rock.
Entering the stage like the archetypal dominatrix in heels, skin tight leggings and with hair scraped back into a tight bob, she immediately had the audience in the palm of her hand.
The band, on the evidence of their first ever live DVD, were equally tight. Watching them, you feel that Garbage could have reached for the stars, grabbed them and brought them crashing down. If only they’d been willing to conform.
But their avowed intent was to make pop music as horrible as they could, and it made their deployment of electronica, punk, trip hop, grunge and rock into a succession of unholy unions that were impossible to categorise.
And their lack of product hasn’t helped – 5 albums in 18 years is hardly prolific, but at least it proves they’re at the helm and not the puppets of some record company exec.
Discordant as One Mile High … Live might be at times, and it covers their ‘greatest hits’ as well as their Not Your Kind Of People (2012) release, and it’s refreshing in its honesty and spontaneity. Which makes it little wonder that those who love Garbage, love them with a passion.
As Shirley says at one point in the performance ‘it’s quite a phenomenon’. She’s not wrong. The world needs more bands prepared to go out on a limb and stick two fingers up to the establishment. Edgy stuff. ****
Review by Pete Whalley
In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 24 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.
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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)
Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)
THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)
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