Veteran electro-rockers Garbage have begun another leg of their North American tour in support of the recently released Bleed Like Me, one that will see them swing through the Canadian prairies and out to the coast for a quartet of dates at the end of this month.
The release of Bleed Like Me in April of this year marked the end of a lengthy hiatus for the notorious studio hounds, from whom musical word had not been heard since 2001's commercially disappointing Beautiful Garbage. Speculation had it that the project might be trashed for good, only for the band to emerge from a typically lengthy recording slog with their most straight-ahead rock record to date.
It is, says lead singer and lovely Scots lass Shirley Manson, a more accurate representation of the live Garbage sound. "When people come to see us, nobody expects us to be that loud. It's like, 'Oh my god, a rock band!' I don't think we've ever captured that on a record, but (Bleed Like Me) is the closest we have gotten".
The current tour will see the four perform a number of festival dates and headlining gigs, as well as taping a Chicago performance for the PBS TV series Soundstage. Towards the end of the month, the band will make a rare trip through Western Canada, hitting Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton before wrapping things up Canuck-wise in Vancouver.
Here's where you can catch Shirley, Butch Vig and co. this month:
August 25, Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre For The Performing Arts
August 27, Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
August 28, Edmonton, AB - Red's
August 30, Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Writer: Neil McDonald