In the year 2018, Garbage could be viewed as a novelty. The band still contains all of their original members who actually play instruments in addition to writing, producing and releasing their own material. Sadly this type of artist is rare these days, so let's celebrate their existence while we can.
Currently out on the road celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second album Version 2.0 with their 20 Years Paranoid tour, here are 5 reasons to see the groundbreaking band live.
1. It's a party.
For a band whose lyrics tend to lean towards the not-so-sunny side of life and who utilize a lot of minor keys, their live show tends to be an all-out dance fest. Case in point: at their recent show at the Lincoln Theatre, "Push It" (whose lyrics include "This is the noise that keeps me awake, my head explodes and my body aches") had the crowd at the theatre jumping for joy from the front of the stage back to the rafters.
2. You'll get an eclectic set list.
Anniversary/album tours tend to be the album played from start to finish followed by a few of the artist's other popular songs. Not so with Garbage. While you will get the hits off the album and deeper cuts (hello "Wicked Ways"!) you'll also get even deeper cuts from various points in their career (hey there "Get Busy with the Fizzy"!).
3. All are welcome.
For Garbage, this isn't some hippy-dippy kumbaya saying. Looking at their audience it's easy to say that every age, orientation and demographic is represented. That welcoming spirit comes directly from the band and the crowd appreciates it. After getting a load of love from their D.C. audience, singer Shirley Manson said: "To be in a band for 25 years and always being a weirdo, this is surreal."
4. You're supporting an independent artist.
One of the smartest business decisions Garbage ever made when the reformed in 2010 was not signing to a major label again. Every release since their 2012 album Not Your Kind of People has been through their own Stunvolume label. So in short, they control what they release, when they release it and every dime you spend on them doesn't go to a large corporate machine.
5. You're witnessing one of the greatest frontwomen in rock.
Easily on the Top 10 list of best frontwomen in rock (some might argue Top 5), it's a disservice to Manson to limit her talents by labeling her as a 'frontwoman'. She's one of the best lead singers in rock, period. One that not only has a wide and strong vocal range (she can sing live, not to track and without the aid of auto-tune - what an oddball!) but she has the unique ability to truly convey emotions when she sings. When her heart breaks you want to weep with her. When she's stalking the stage, you're ready to go with her and beat up the son of a bitch that did the heartbreaking. I have no way of proving this, but I'm pretty sure either Edith Piaf or Judy Garland came back reincarnated in Manson, hellbent on rocking this time around.