Garbage icon Shirley Manson praised Billie Eilish for giving ‘rebellious girls’ a voice and platform.
The singer was talking to NME when asked about the current crop of talent on his radar, before noting how now “a very exciting time for a wave of new alternatives”, and to include Jehnny Beth, Little Simz, Arlo Parks and Billy NoMates among his favorites before assessing the importance of Eilish.
“For so long it seemed like rebellious girls were being suffocated,” Manson said NME. “They were not given space or attention. I think we have to thank Billie Eilish for the sudden interest in sad girls, dark girls, and girls who are out of step with the pop culture landscape. For me, it’s exciting because it’s the music that I love.
She continued, “I’m not interested in love songs. They fucked me up. I love it when Billy NoMates wins the wire; I love it when Little Simz is in everyone’s face. I love when these artists push, challenge, and present a powerful side of self to the audience.
This year, rising star Olivia Rodrigo also cited veterans of alternative rock as an influence on her debut album “Sour”, while Rina Sawayama also recently said NME that Garbage was inspiring his next second album.
“How do these girls know us? Manson replied. “It’s a mystery, but having someone like Rina or any generation of women verify the name for us is always very rewarding.”
Garbage’s new album ‘No Gods No Masters’ is out now. In a four-star review, NME concluded: “Seven albums and nearly 30 years of career, these veterans achieved a record that is alluring in sound and resonating in its message, while proving a triumph by showcasing not only the lineage that led to Garbage, but also their mastery of variant-tinged dark-pop which has led us to figures like Chvrches and Lana Del Rey – with even debutantes Rina Sawayama and Olivia Rodrigo seeing them as influences.
“It’s no small feat that ‘No Gods No Masters’ is not only Garbage’s best album in 20 years – at least – but one that could only have been made now.”
The group will tour the UK with Blondie in November.
Billie Eilish, meanwhile, is releasing her highly anticipated second album “Happier Than Ever” on July 30, before embarking on a world tour in 2022.