Garbage – Blood for Poppies (2012)

Garbage are back, and that makes me very happy (not just when it rains!). OK that’s a bad pun, but on hearing ‘Blood for Poppies’ for the first time one thing is clear – a seven-year hiatus was absolutely the best thing which could have happened if the resultant music is as good as this!

‘Blood for Poppies’ is being given away on Garbage own website when you pre-order the new album, Not Your Kind of People and is their first single. As the song starts a familiar-sounding electronic drumbeat kicks of proceedings before a dirty guitar sound takes over. The first surprise is that the song is definitely reggae in style! But boy does it work. Shirley Manson’s vocal lends itself very well to the style and before you know it the chorus has crept up on you!

As a first single it is damned catchy, and for what it’s worth is the best thing they’ve released since their 90s output! As a taster for Not Your Kind of People then this is an exciting whet to your appetite and I cannot wait until May when the album comes out. Incidentally,they have also just announced a UK tour for July playing some great venues including Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom. Go see them!

Finally, you can hear the track below.

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