Gwen Stefani hates it when people point out that No Doubt haven't released an album in 10 years. "A lot of stuff happened during that time period," she says. "Marriages, babies and, for me, two records and two clothing lines. So if you really worked out the math, you'd be like, 'Wow, you guys are going fast.'"
Their sixth album, still untitled, is about two months from completion, but they give a visitor to producer Spike Stent's sleek Santa Monica studio a taste: "Settle Down" is a party-ready reggae blast featuring Stefani's toasting skills; "One More Summer" updates the band's ska-pop sound with pounding dance beats, arena-size guitars and a beyond-catchy chorus — "One more summer/One more weekend/I'm your lover/You're my weakness." Drummer Adrian Young tells his bandmates he can't wait to play the song live: "I might lose control and s**t all over myself."
During No Doubt's hiatus, Young drummed for Maroon 5 and Scott Weiland; bassist Tony Kanal focused on production work, including Pink's smash single "Sober"; guitarist Tom Dumont did some producing of his own, including Matt Costa's debut album. Stefani released two hit albums, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and The Sweet Escape. "Those come from my girl side and theatrical side." With No Doubt, Stefani says, she's "heels off."
No Doubt started working on this album in 2008, but Stefani was pregnant with Zuma, her second son with Gavin Rossdale, and was having trouble focusing on songwriting. She remembers her frame of mind: "I'm already creating something — I have nothing left." Instead, the band hit the road in the summer of 2009. According to Pollstar, the tour sold 781,615 tickets and grossed $34 million over 57 shows. "We had so much fun," Stefani says. "Backstage, we had all the nannies and the babies and the blowup swimming pools." (The four members of No Doubt now have eight children between them. Dumont remembers his son Ace, then three, acclimating to life on the road. "He'd say, 'Daddy, where's catering?'")
The band reconvened in November 2009, writing from around 4 p.m. to midnight in Kanal's studio (featuring a view of Hollywood that Dumont describes as "distractingly gorgeous" — Kanal had to install curtains). Working together again just felt right. "I had gone on my tortured journey of working with outside songwriters," Stefani says. "I would throw up if someone made me do that again."
"Writing with other people is a learning experience," Kanal adds, "but when you come back, and you're sitting in a room together, it feels like home."
No Doubt obsessively polished each song, Kanal says. "We would say, 'OK, the B section isn't good enough, let's rewrite that,' until we felt the song was great." After laboring through 2010, they had nine songs ("Ten if we write the chorus for that last one," says Kanal), and have spent 2011 recording them with Stent.
"It's so exciting to have a record coming out," Stefani says, almost vibrating with glee. "And we all want the same thing: for it to be modern and catchy and addictive. Once you make music that connects with people, it's like you taste blood — you can't go back."
Gwen tweeted this on the No Doubt account a week ago: No Doubt þ @nodoubt Just took a long drive to oc listening to the 5 song contenders for the first single- what will it be?!! This is getting crazy exciting. Gx
I wonder where they at with mainstream appeal atm.
They had their mainstream success with Don't Speak and the ROck Steady era, but was it enough to solidify the group to have automatic play on pop stations once the single comes out. It's been 10 years afterall. Although, it helps that Gwen has kept herself somewhat relivent during the hiatus.
I always thought they should have released new material in 09 when they had their "comeback"...I mean, it was a comeback, but with no new material :/ Like, it was a waste of a comeback lol.
At the end of the day, though, they'll always have their niche of fans who've been there from the beginning. I can see them turning into one of the classic rock bands who just keeps going on massive tours
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I want something in the vain of Hella Good as the lead single. I think that would be their best chance of getting a hit and I'm hoping for at least one amazing ballad on the record (I love Don't speak and some of Gwen's solo ballads).
We hope you like the new video and the big news - the new album will be out on September 25th. We are incredibly excited to share the new music with you. Ear candy coming your way!
We thought the big release date announcement and video deserved some new photos as well. We will debut a fresh new site and artwork closer to the album release but wanted to add some new photos in the meantime.
We also decided to update the way the site works a little bit so that all of the photos and messages that we Tweet will also be posted here at nodoubt.com. If you're not yet following us on Twitter you can find us @nodoubt as well as at our personal accounts @gwenstefani, @adrianyoungnd, @tomdumontnd and @tonykanal. You can follow us on Facebook as well.
Thank you all so much for your support over the last 25 years. We're really proud of our new album and we hope you love it as much as we do. We'll be posting a lot of updates between now and September as we shoot the video and start rehearsing to perform the new songs live for all of you. We'll send plenty of photos and webisodes as we go so you're there with us. See you soon... September 25th, 2012!
ALBUM AND SINGLE ANNOUNCEMENT! | News Hi Everyone...
Hope you are sitting down because we've got some really big news to share with you! While adding the finishing touches to our new album we realized it was time to name it…so we did, and the name is…(drum roll please)…Push and Shove !!!
We also want to let you know that the first single from Push and Shove will be "Settle Down" and we'll be filming the video for it this week with our longtime friend and collaborator Sophie Muller. Very exciting!
We can't wait to share it all with you. See you out there soon.
Oh and P.S...Webisode #2 is on it's way. Stay tuned!
Gwen, Tony, Tom & Adrian NO DOUBT
No Doubt's new album Push and Shove will be released on September 25, 2012.
The first single "Settle Down" will debut on July 16, 2012.
The music video for "Settle Down" will premiere in early July. The video will be directed by Sophie Muller who has helmed many of No Doubt's music videos including "Don't Speak," "Underneath It All," "Sunday Morning" and "Simple Kind of Life".
Follow @nodoubt on Twitter as well as @gwenstefani,@adrianyoungnd, @tomdumontnd and @tonykanal and Like No Doubt on Facebook to stay up-to-date with No Doubt news and to find out when the band will premiere the new video for "Settle Down."
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