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