Garbage regroups, working on new album 

For ages it’s been promised but nowhere to be seen or heard —the long-awaited solo album from the great Shirley Manson, fearless frontvixen for Garbage.

Guess we’ll have to wait another year or two longer — Garbage has not only reformed, they’re busily at work right now in a basement studio in the Atwater Village of Los Angeles, on a brand-new album scheduled for release next spring.

It’s the band’s first set in seven years, and their first to be tracked outside of Butch Vig’s native Madison, Wis.

And according to the members (Manson, vocals, guitar; Vig, drums, loops; Steve Marker, guitar, keyboards; Duke Erikson, guitar, keyboards), now that the group is free of all major-label constrictions, they’re pulling out all the sonically adventurous stops. Muffled cellphone messages became songs. Random conversations morphed into lyrics. Kooky computer gizmos found their way into the mixes.

So now they’re making music that they themselves want to hear, they’re pleased to report.

Music that the keen-eared Vig (recently back in the news as his production masterpiece, Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” turns 20) isn’t finding on the radio much these days.

Stay up to date with he and the non-solo Manson at www.garbage.com.

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