Previewed: Garbage at Manchester Academy

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It’s not uncommon to hear of unusual happenings on Friday the 13th dismissed as total ‘Garbage’, but it seems this time those naysayers couldn’t be more right.

On Friday 13 November, Manchester Academy will witness the reawakening of a dormant presence in Rock’N’Roll as Garbage return to headline an exclusive 25th Anniversary show at the venue.

Exactly two decades on since Shirley Manson fronted the coveted alternative-rock unit on a world conquering campaign with their smash hit debut album Garbage, the Scottish-American band will be returning to Manchester Academy for only the second time in so many years.  Marking a union of anniversaries on the night for venue and band alike, this rare performance will see the band perform their landmark album live and in full as they present – Garbage: 20 Years Queer.

Boasting an enviable hit parade in Stupid Girl, Only Happy When It Rains, Vow and of course, Queer, the album received multi-platinum certificates worldwide, spent year-long residencies in both the US and UK charts and notched up over four-million sales to its name; feats that are impossible to ignore even  today.

Speaking about the revisiting the album for the occasion, Garbage front-woman Shirley Manson said:  “This is the album that started everything for us and we look back on it with great fondness. It’s been really great to revisit these songs whilst working on new material – interesting to see how the essence of the band remains strong as we evolve.”

In 1994, London provided the venue for a transatlantic meeting of minds as Scottish renegade Shirley Manson and the talented American trio Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig sparked a chemistry that would lead to one of the decade’s definitive records. Just a year later, the band exploded on to the scene with their  game-changing debut album that soon saw the charts worldwide filled with ‘Garbage’. After delivering their third acclaimed album in six years in 2001’s Beautiful Garbage, the band began to take their foot off the gas and Garbage gradually became an increasingly part-time project; follow-up records followed later in Bleed Like Me (2005) and Not Your Kind of People (2012). Garbage have now sold over 17 Million albums world-wide and have recently been back in the studio working on new material.

Garbage will play Manchester Academy as part of unique year-long series of 25th Anniversary shows celebrating the iconic venue. As with the previously announced commemorative gigs, the Manchester date is guaranteed to be unique.

With a massive support slot booked in for Manchester-based synth-pop revisionists, Dutch Uncles, the local lads are sure to go the extra mile to ignite a fantastic atmosphere on the night early on. Formed in 2008, the band have carved out a pop niche all their own, intuitively blending warped time signatures and retro-future electronics with Duncan Wallis’ distinctive androgynous vocals. Scooping scores of adoring reviews for their breakthrough third album ‘Out of Touch in the Wild’ in 2013 and again for this year’s innovative chaser ‘O Shudder’, the band continue to perplex and astound with a beguilingly beautiful sound that has nods to Talk Talk, Japan and even XTC, but is ultimately something entirely their own.

Garbage perform at Manchester Academy on Friday 13th November.  Tickets £27.50 plus booking fee.


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