From The Desk Of Garbage’s Steve Marker: Tom Morello

Garbage is back. And the band’s sound is the same—but different. Not Your Kind Of People (StunVolume) is the quartet’s first album since 2005, and the distance has got Garbage’s creative juices flowing in exciting ways. First single “Blood For Poppies” has the same driving drums, ripping guitars and biting lyrics as earlier LPs but a poppier hook, while “Battle In Me” is much angrier and, well, Garbage-ier. Not Your Kind Of People is a great fusion of the old and the new—and after seven years of waiting, we are pretty psyched the band is back. The quartet will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com for two weeks, but for those of you who need more Garbage, read our 20 Questions feature with Shirley Manson and Butch Vig.

Marker: I have never heard a song with him on guitar that wasn’t just completely great. My favorite show of the last few years was his band the Nightwatchman at this little club where I live in Colorado, because he played both kinds of music that night: quiet and persuasive, and loud and emphatic. Three chords and the truth. There were guys he brought up to speak that had just gotten back from Iraq, and it brought everything into the now. It wasn’t a huge crowd, but he cared like it was Madison Square Garden, and Tom made the room feel that big. That’s how you recognize the great ones.

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