Gavin Rossdale says that BUSH will enter the studio later in the year to make a “super-heavy” new album.
The band’s latest effort, 2017’s “Black And White Rainbows”, was crafted after the frontman went through a divorce with pop star/reality TV judge Gwen Stefani in 2015.
Describing BUSH‘s new songs as “full of resistance and opinion and energy,” Rossdale told Lazer 103.3‘s Andy Hall that he was inspired to make a harder-sounding album because “I just like heavier music. When we made the last record, it was in the middle of a certain time, and it was a little bit more… a different time going on for me,” he explained. “I was doing ‘The Voice’ [Editor’s note: Gavin was one of the judges on ‘The Voice UK’] and there was a wider audience going on, so it was a more open record, and I’m really proud of it. But it’s really fun to go in the studio and just do some good, heavy music and sing to that. I still sing the same way, but the music is just heavy and richer.”
Asked if there is a particular producer he has in mind to helm BUSH‘s upcoming album, Rossdale said: “The record I’ve enjoyed a lot is MASTODON‘s new record [2017’s ‘Emperor Of Sand’], so Brendan O’Brien is a big favorite of mine. With these guys that are top dogs, you don’t know who’s available. So there’s a bunch — Bob Rock is always incredible, Nick Raskulinecz … So it’s just a case of trying to figure out everyone’s schedules. But I’m excited to make it.”
Gavin also talked about how the songwriting process has changed for him since the release of BUSH‘s multi-platinum debut album, 1994’s “Sixteen Stone”.
“I think the studios have just gotten better, so I can demo [the songs] up and [make them] sound really powerful,” he said. “So I think demoing, in a way, is a bit more fun, but it all comes down to being creative, and nothing beats the alchemy of a chord structure and then words that mean something. No matter how the technology is, whatever technological context you’re in, it’s just when you have something interesting to say and it sounds good.”
Rossdale went on to say that he gets “harder” on himself during the creative phase “because I know I have less time left to mess around and there’s other things to be done outside of being in the studio and being exploratory for three months. That’s why I wanted to write the record when I came off a tour at Christmas — I just went in and spent two months and wrote 10 songs. And then, I was done with that job, and that then allows us to go and play live and think about the whole live thing and then get into the studio with the new songs.”
BUSH‘s current lineup also includes drummer Robin Goodridge, guitarist Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz.
The group, which broke up in 2002 but reunited in 2010, has released three albums since reforming.
A remastered version of “Black And White Rainbows” was made available last fall with bonus tracks.
Last October, Rossdale participated in LINKIN PARK‘s Los Angeles memorial concert for late singer Chester Bennington, performing the song “Leave Out All The Rest”.