Song of the Day: “The Men Who Rule the World” by Garbage

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Garbage (Flyer courtesy Sacks & Co.)

Garbage will share their seventh studio album No Gods No Masters on June 11 via Stunvolume/Infectious Music.

The record’s debut single “The Men Who Rule the World” and its accompanying mixed media video — created by Chilean film director, animator, and painter Javi.MiAmor — are out now.

“This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins,” said frontwoman Shirley Manson of the album and its twists and turns from capitalism and lust to loss and grief. “It was our way of trying to make sense of how fucking nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.”

“The Men Who Rule the World,” the opening track of No Gods No Masters, is a protest song — a searing indictment and call to arms critiquing of the rise of capitalist short-sightedness, racism, sexism, and misogyny across the world. It’s a clear statement of intent from a band who still believe in the power of dissent, setting the tone for the rest of the record.

Watch the official music video for “The Men Who Rule the World” by Garbage on YouTube:

Produced by Garbage and long-time collaborator Billy Bush, the seeds for No Gods No Masters were planted in summer 2018 in the desert in Palm Springs. The quartet — Shirley and bandmates Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig — convened at a home belonging to one of Steve’s relatives and sketched out the skeleton of the album over two weeks, jamming, experimenting, and feeling the songs out. They then took those demos and went their separate ways before connecting in Los Angeles to finish the record.

Visit Garbage online for more music.

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