From The Desk Of Garbage’s Steve Marker: The Cure

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 for two weeks, but for those of you who need more Garbage, read our 20 Questions feature with Shirley Manson and Butch Vig.

Marker: My favorite band, since around 1979 when I first heard Three Imaginary Boys on public access radio. If The Head On The Door was released today, Pitchfork and XMU would be drooling all over it and they’d be on SNL next week; it sounds that contemporary. All these decades later, they’re still that good and still so damn important. Robert Smith is my generation’s Lennon and McCartney, and they influenced tons on our new record, but I’m not going to tell you which parts. The Cure have so many perfect songs, it’s beyond ridiculous.