On the phone from his home studio in Los Angeles, Butch Vig admits with a chuckle that “the muscle memory has been pretty slow to come back.”
Yes, the seven-year hiatus that Vig and his bandmates in Garbage took between albums seems to have left the electro-rockers a little rusty. But the Grammy-winning producer is having so much fun playing with frontwoman Shirley Manson and his fellow multi-instrumentalists Steve Marker and Duke Erikson again that he assures us by the time they hit the stage at a sold-out Paradise on Saturday, it will be all systems go.
“Shirley is in amazing form,” he raves of Garbage’s fierce Scottish vocalist, who helped power the group to multiplatinum sales in the late 1990s with a string of hits including “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Vow,” “Stupid Girl,” and “I Think I’m Paranoid.”
Garbage is not the only band from the ’90s making an appearance on this summer’s concert circuit. Other faves returning to the stage after some years out of the spotlight include Fiona Apple at the Citi Wang Theatre June 30 and a few mammoth package tours, including a bill with Sugar Ray, Everclear, and Marcy Playground at the Bank of America Pavilion on July 28 and Barenaked Ladies, Cracker, and Blues Traveler at the same venue Aug. 18.
But it’s hard to imagine more eagerness for a reunion than Vig demonstrates. Boosting that enthusiasm is “Not Your Kind of People,” the band’s first release since 2005’s “Bleed Like Me.” The collection mashes up icy electronics with shards of guitar, pop melodies, keyboard eruptions, and churning grooves. In short, the album, out last week, is classic Garbage. The chief difference might be a new relaxation in Manson’s vocals even as she remains a great belter.
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