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Interview: Guitarist Duke Erikson on Why Garbage Are 'Not Your Kind of People'

Interview: Guitarist Duke Erikson on Why Garbage Are 'Not Your Kind of People'

In 2008, Shirley Manson presented a handful of tracks to the big wigs at Geffen Records.

The songs — which she had been working on since roughly 2006, and were supposed to be part of her debut solo album — were immediately deemed "too noir." Not long after, Manson was free from her contract with Geffen.

"They wanted me to have international radio hits and 'be the Annie Lennox of my generation,'" she told Vanity Fair back in March. "I just thought, Fuck this."

Every bit of Manson's frustration seems to be channeled directly into Not Your Kind of People, the first new Garbage album in seven years.

Lacking the sonic bite of 1995's Garbage and 1998's Version 2.0 — two albums that were every bit the byproducts of the exploding worlds of alternative and industrial — Not Your Kind of People contains every bit of the vitriolic angst that fueled their earlier albums, albeit in a more subtle, diffuse manner.

Guitars are likewise harder to spot among synth-laden tracks like album opener "Automatic Systematic Habit" and debut single "Blood For Poppies." But that doesn't mean they're not there.

"There's a lot of guitar on there, just some of it doesn't sound like guitar," guitarist/bassist Duke Erikson assured me when we spoke on the phone recently, before admitting, "Some of the guitars are hard to spot."


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