Gavin Rossdale Looking Ahead To New Bush Album, Solo LP

Singer/guitarist says group, now on U.S. tour, hopes to begin recording by summer.

Bush have just begun touring the U.S. in support of their latest album, The Science of Things, but the British pop-rockers are already making plans to begin recording their next release.

"I hope to be doing it by late summer. I think it's important to keep momentum," frontman Gavin Rossdale said last week from a Florida tour stop.

Rossdale, who also is planning a solo LP, said he's working on "light sketches" of new songs, though he declined to say what direction he expects Bush's next album to take.

"The sound should be something elusive," he said. "For us it's about constantly evolving, trying to reflect things about your life."

The band's current MTV-sponsored tour of college campuses, which also features electronica artist Moby, is slated to end April 30 but will be followed by a summer tour of outdoor amphitheaters, Bush spokesperson Michael Pagnotta said.

The band plans to enter the studio after that tour ends, according to Pagnotta, who said the group was frustrated by the three-year gap between their second album, 1996's Razorblade Suitcase, and last year's The Science of Things. The delay was largely because of a now-resolved lawsuit filed against the band by their label, Trauma Records.

A remix album, 1997's Deconstructed, came out in the interim. That album, which featured Bush hits such as "Mouth" (RealAudio excerpt) reworked by such producers as Goldie and Tricky, inspired the band to incorporate electronica into its sound, according to Bush drummer Robin Goodridge.

"We were really excited by some of the reinterpretations of our material that people did," he said last year.

Rossdale plans to delve into even more experimental territory on a solo album, which he said he hopes to record following Bush's next release.

"I'll do something different and strange and untethered by other people," he said. "I think it'll be a combination of everything — I'd like to have a cross between Fugazi and Pere Ubu."

Some of the tracks penned by Rossdale for The Science of Things that weren't included on that album may end up on his prospective solo release, Pagnotta said.

In the meantime, Bush are planning to release a new single, "Warm Machine" (RealAudio excerpt), featured on both The Science of Things and the soundtrack to the upcoming MTV movie "Jailbait." The just-completed video for the track will combine live footage of Bush with clips from the movie, Pagnotta said.

Bush — also featuring guitarist Nigel Pulsford and bassist Dave Parson — came to prominence with 1994's Sixteen Stone, which combined pop melodies with a grunge-inspired guitar sound.

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Bush/Moby tour dates:

March 30; Fairfax, Va.; Patriot Center

March 31; Providence, R.I.; Providence College

April 1; Oswego, N.Y.; SUNY/Oswego

April 3; Saginaw, Mich.; Saginaw Valley State University

April 4; Oxford, Ohio; Miami University

April 5; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; South East Missouri State University

April 7; Norman, Okla.; University of Oklahoma

April 8; Omaha, Neb.; Creighton University

April 9; St. Cloud, Minn.; St. Cloud University

April 11; Bowling Green, Ohio; Bowling Green State University

April 12; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Western Michigan University

April 13; Mount Pleasant, Mich.; Central Michigan University

April 14; Bloomington, Ind.; Indiana University

April 15; Champaign, Ill.; University of Illinois

April 17; Jonesboro, Ark.; Arkansas State University

April 18; Springfield, Mo.; Missouri State University

April 20; Austin, Texas; Frank Erwin Center

April 21; Lubbock, Texas; Texas Tech

April 22; Las Cruces, N.M.; New Mexico State University

April 24; Tucson, Ariz.; University of Arizona

April 25; La Jolla, Calif.; University of California, San Diego

April 29; Santa Barbara, Calif.; University of California, Santa Barbara (tentative)

April 30; Fresno, Calif.; California State University Fresno