After an extended hiatus, ’90s alterna-pop hitmakers Garbage are planning to return in 2012 with new music — a bunch of it, in fact.

The band is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on what will be their fifth studio album, and first since 2005′s ‘Bleed Like Me.’ The 12-song collection, planned for a spring release, will reportedly include a bonus disc of 12 B-side tracks. 

“Years worth of pent-up music came out in some bizarre ways — bleary cell phone memos became real songs, conversations turned into lyrics, and new computer gizmos inspired wicked tangents,” the band said in a statement. “Ghosts came in, had their say. Everyone brought ideas, and everyone fought their corner. At the end of the day it all gets shoved through the four-way brain filter that is Garbage and it ends up sounding like nobody else. Red feathers and black tar.”

The band has been keeping fans apprised of its progress via Twitter, where they announced last Monday that they were back in the studio for another three weeks, and on Facebook, where they recently promised, “You WILL hear a brand new track from us in October this year. It WILL be a cover version. HOWEVER this track has nothing to do with our new record and WILL NOT be included in our new record. It is NOT a single. It is NOT a first single. It is NOT going to BE our first single. It is simply a song that happens to be a cover version that you will hear in a matter of weeks, if you care to.”

The new album has been in the works since last year. Rumored song titles include ‘Time Will Destroy Everything,’ ‘Blood for Poppies,’ ‘Automatic Systematic Habit,’ ‘Control,’ ‘Lies, Lies, Lies,’ ‘Sugar,’ ‘Not Your Kind of People.’ ‘T.R.O.U.B.L.E,’ ‘Felt,’ ‘Big Brite World,’ ‘Alone’ and ‘Animal.’

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