Garbage, an electro-pop formation born of the “grunge” wave, still exists. Shirley Manson feels blessed to always have the opportunity to sing almost anywhere in the world Stupid girl, Strange, I think I’m paranoid and only happy when it rains.
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“It’s not easy to survive in the music world. It’s a difficult environment and I have a lot of respect for the people who are still here after decades,” she said in an interview.
Shirley Manson and her band will perform to Alanis Morissette on the Plains of Abraham on Friday night.
“We were blessed. There is a symbiosis within Garbage. We have a very creative and functioning partnership. We accept not being perfect and have the help of others. It’s healthy on the creative side and that makes it possible to survive in an environment that’s far from easy,” she said in June while touring with Tears for Fears.
This is the first visit to Quebec for Shirley Manson, drummer Butch Vig and guitarists Duke Erikson and Steve Marker, accompanied by bassist Eric Avery, ex-Jane’s Addiction.
“You know, after almost 30 years of careers, you’d think we’d become jaded, but that’s not the case at all. We still feel like children. We still love discovering new places and exploring cities when our schedule allows. It’s always exciting,” she said.
The 55-year-old singer was discovered by drummer and producer Butch Vig when she was part of Angelfish and admits Garbage changed her life. In every sense.
“I’m like everyone else. I’ve grown as a person. I have had experiences that have helped me grow in life. I’m a different version of what I was, but I’m still myself. I haven’t changed much. I’m more educated,” she noted.
Shirley Manson says the band’s success, which has sold 17 million albums, has always made her feel free.
“I was very happy. This success never smothered my desire for freedom. I can walk down the street and not be recognized. It’s a privilege,” she said.
A Sea of Happiness
On No gods, no master, the band’s seventh album, Garbage addresses the rise of capitalism, racism, sexism and misogyny around the world. Shirley Manson speaks loud and clear.
“It is my duty to speak. Of course I could have written poetry, but that’s me. I’m very direct and that’s how I feel. I’m scared of everything that’s happening right now. There was a certain urgency to talk about these issues when we were making the album,” she explained.
Shirley Manson admits she’s not very optimistic about the future.
“Not really. However, I will if I focus on young people and the generations to come. They won’t have a choice. You have to change things to survive. I still get desperate sometimes. People destroy things. I have that Feeling like we’re watching the world burn and collapse. We have to take care of this world. I hope this generation keeps moving forward,” she said.
In his 30-year career, the singer of Scottish origin has played in all kinds of line-ups.
“We take the shows individually. If it’s a small club, it’s a small club. If it’s a huge scene, it’s a huge scene. It doesn’t really matter anymore. We just feel privileged. That doesn’t happen to everyone,” she noted.
Shirley Manson loves big festivals and the opportunity to make as many people happy as possible.
“I love seeing a sea of smiling faces in front of me. It is very beautiful and it is very difficult to put this picture into words. It’s an escape from reality for a few minutes. You don’t see individuals, but a sea of happiness, joy and exuberance. It’s wonderful,” she said.
Garbage will perform on the Plains of Abraham at 8pm with Canadian all-female band The Beaches and Alanis Morissette.