One could easily make the argument that the hottest band of 1995 was Bush. Fueled by their debut album, Sixteen Stone, and massive singles like “Everything Zen,” “Little Things” and “Machinehead,” the English quartet took the American rock audience by storm. Despite seemingly constant nose-turning from critics, the group continued to put out consistently beloved music through the end of the century. Now, eight years after they broke up, frontman Gavin Rossdale has gotten the band back together — and he couldn’t be happier.
“It feels really exciting and really like coming home,” Rossdale told MTV News in the studio where he was putting the finishing touches on the brand-new Bush album, their first since 2001′s Golden State. “Doing Institute and a solo record felt like leaving home, and while I enjoyed those things, the excitement is palpable, and I’m into it.”
Rossdale has stayed busy since he was last a member of a band called Bush. In addition to Institute — a more aggro-leaning rock act whose only album, 2005′s Distort Yourself, was co-produced by Helmet mastermind Page Hamilton — he also put out a solo album, 2008′s Wanderlust, which spawned the chart hit “Love Remains the Same.” Now he’s back together with the group that originally made him an alt-rock pin-up.
Well, mostly. Of the original quartet, only Rossdale and drummer Robin Goodridge are back together for a series of live dates and a new album. The group will be fleshed out by bassist Corey Britz and guitarist Chris Traynor, both of whom have played with Rossdale in his various solo and side-project incarnations in recent years. But though original members Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons are not involved, the reunion does have their blessing.
“I really thought that Dave would do it, so I was a little surprised by that,” Rossdale said. “And I knew that Nigel would play on records but not go out on the road. We’re all on perfectly good terms, it’s just not where they’re at.”
Bush will make their public return at the Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana, California, on September 25, and Rossdale is about to deliver the completed new album, which is called Everything Always Now and is set to drop in October.