Garbage’s Shirley Manson shines brightly as a mysterious red-hood figure in the band’s slightly supernatural new video for their single “No Horses.”
Directed by filmmaker and record producer Scott Stuckey (creator of cult children’s series Pancake Mountain), Rolling Stone calls the fanciful spectacle “a disturbing, apocalyptic video.”
Manon’s husky, sensual tone sings the lyircs “And there will be no apologies / And no more security / There will be no cops / Just men with guns / In their shiny black uniforms / And their big black boots / With their shiny black batons / And their sleek black cars” to a powerful arrangement of driving bass and guitar paired with ecstatic beats.
While there is an essential political theme depicted throughout the near-six-minute video, Stuckey relayed details regarding to concept.
“It’s been my observation that when governments disregard their citizens for their own greed, the ensuing soundtrack usually kicks ass,” he said. “Like Nina Simone’s ‘Mississippi Goddam’ or the Clash’s ‘Straight to Hell,’ ‘No Horses’ made me realize that I’m not going insane, these really are f**ked up times. The lyrics are powerful so the challenge was to add something visually that wouldn’t ruin the individual’s interpretation.”
The last to hear from Garbage was in 2016 with the release of their sixth studio LP Strange Little Birds. The11-track record (with a bonus track) was released through the band’s independent record label called Stunvolume.
The alternative rock group is currently on a co-headling tour with Blondie (Debbie Harry). Titled The Rage and Rapture Tour, Garbage and Blondie will hit up North Carolina and Florida in the coming days, and will wrap soon on Saturday, August 12, at Southside Ballroom in Dallas, Texas.
Watch “No Horses” below.