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Tour Review: Garbage at Toronto’s Sound Academy (3/28)

posted April 1, 2013, 11:14 am by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

It’s been a long haul for alt-rock veterans Garbage in the nearly 12 months since the release of their comeback album Not Your Kind of People. After abruptly announcing an infinite hiatus during the promotion for Bleed Like Me way back in 2005, the band have done their best to make up for lost time. They’ve toured the world over, including two stops in Toronto, which is where Shirley Manson, Butch Vig and company found themselves the night before Good Friday.


Vig specifically tweeted before Garbage took the Sound Academy stage that it was their sixth show in seven days, and was looking for the good folks of T.O. to “bring it” and help them reenergize as they approach the proverbial finish line. The near-capacity crowd must have done a decent job, as for nearly two hours, it was all smiles and fist bumps between members, including former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery, who Manson announced at one point as being part of the revived Nine Inch Nails.


Not to sound sacrilegious, but “resurrection” is an appropriate term for Garbage, and not just because the Easter long weekend was beginning. The six songs from Not Your Kind of People that were performed at Sound Academy (out of 21 total) were great reminders for the older-leaning audience that Garbage are as relevant in 2013 as when people were first exposed to the group in 1995. They take the grunge-based instrumentation Vig helped popularize as a producer, melded with avant-garde electronica and an added dash of vocal sex appeal in the form of the seemingly ageless Manson.


The most love, not surprisingly, was for well-known hits such as “I Think I’m Paranoid”, “Push It”, “Stupid Girl” as well as “#1 Crush”, although I had to tell a twentysomething I found myself next to that the latter song is from the 1996 Romeo + Juliet soundtrack. Manson had a lot of love of her own for openers Io ECHO, especially kimono-wearing singer Ioanna Gika. I would compare her, looks-wise, to Canadian blondie Emily Haines, but their some, Japanese-inspired décor prevented me from getting a good look at her. Their music fit in very well with their headlining idols, only with a little more synths, proving that Garbage aren’t quite done influencing and inspiring others as they near their 20th anniversary together.


Automatic System Habit
I Think I’m Paranoid
Blood for Poppies
Hammering in My Head
Push It
Why Do You Love Me
#1 Crush
I Hate Love
Cup of Coffee
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
Battle in Me
The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
When I Grow Up
Only Happy When It Rains
Beloved Freak
Stupid Girl
You Look So Fine


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