Strange Little Birds
is a record with a cohesive mood of darkness. "There aren't really any upbeat pop songs," said drummer Butch Vig
. "Even 'Empty,' which has a big, anthemic guitar sound, has pretty dark lyrics."
"I love dark and dismal," Manson added. "I'm aching for some dark and dismal. Because I feel like the musical landscape of late has been incredibly happy and shiny and poppy. Everybody's fronting all the time, dancing as fast as they can, smiling as hard as they can, working on their brand. Nobody ever says, 'Actually, I'm lost and I don't have a f--king clue what I'm doing with the rest of my life and I'm frightened.'"