After an eight year hiatus, Bush are back together. The British post-grunge band who stormed the American charts with smashes like “Everything Zen,” “Little Things” and “Machinehead” from their debut album Sixteen Stone have returned to the rock scene with a new tour and a brand new album called Everything Always Now (which should hit stores in October).
Nearly a decade has passed between Bush albums, and as Rossdale explained to MTV News’ Matt Elias in the studio in Los Angeles, his writing has evolved profoundly since the release of 2001’s Golden State. “You don’t want to repeat yourself,” Rossdale said. “I’ve thought a lot that if I repeated myself, I might have been more successful. Had I done Sixteen Stone over and over again, I might have been much larger.”
His method now draws from an unusual source of inspiration. “It’s more of a hip-hop approach,” Rossdale said of his process. “I start with the drums. I set a vibe and I write off that mood. I used to write songs acoustically, like folk music, but I got much more into creating a mood.”
Rossdale is no stranger to collaboration. His post-Bush band Institute featured co-production from Helmet’s Page Hamilton, his solo album featured team-ups with Linda Perry, the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and Garbage’s Shirley Manson, and he has recently appeared on tracks with Apocalyptica and Carlos Santana. But with his new love for starting with the drums, would he consider a true hip-hop collaboration?
Bush will get the chance to play its new music for the world when they play the Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana, California, on September 25.
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