Don't expect any tricks, bleeps and blips, prog rock or conceptual bombast on Bush's new album. "The band's goal going into the record was to capture the great performances of the band playing," said David Sardy, who is producing the as-yet-untitled LP. "It's not about studio trickery. It doesn't have loops or electronics, it's just the band rocking out." Bush have recorded 17 tracks, though Sardy expects only 15 to get finished and 11 or 12 to make the album. Song titles are still tentative. The album, the follow-up to 1999's The Science of Things and Bush's first on Atlantic Records, is due in October, singer Gavin Rossdale said at the MTV Movie Awards last weekend.
Sardy (Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers) recorded most of the songs with the band in London, though they are currently in Los Angeles "screwing around and fixing stuff." "It's nice because we started before they signed their new deal, so there hasn't been a rush and we've had that all the way through," Sardy said. "The Manson album [Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)] took 10 months, so this doesn't seem long." Rossdale's lyrics are dark on some songs, but mostly uplifting throughout the album, Sardy said.
"He's in a good place in his life emotionally, which is good for writing music," the producer said. "His songs are incredibly hooky. Even when I heard the demos, it was like 'F---. You can't get them out of your head!' " Sardy, who runs his own indie label, SeeThru Broadcasting, said Bush spent several weeks in pre-production jamming and working on song arrangements.
"I don't know if it's going back or just getting to the root of what it is that they enjoy doing," Sardy said. "It was all about performances and great songs."