London band Bush (based in Shepherd's Bush, of all
places) release their new single, 'The People That
We Love', on November 12, through EastWest/Atlantic
Records. Originally entitled 'Speed Kills', 'The
People That We Love' is said to be partially inspired
by the classic Clinton/Gore US presidential campaign
documentary, The War Room. The track is taken
from Bush's new album, Golden State, their fourth
studio album, and their first since signing to Atlantic
Records in April this year. Released on October 29,
Golden State marked a return from one of the few UK
rock bands to have turned on the mainstream American
market in the last five years.
State was produced by Dave Sardy (Marilyn Manson,
System Of A Down) and Bush, and was engineered by
Gregg Fidelman (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer).
All 12 songs on the album were written by Bush vocalist/guitarist
Gavin Rossdale. Sources close to the band insist that
Golden State is a welcome return to form, " a dozen
full-on tracks fit to burst with aggressive guitars,
pulverizing rock rhythms, and Rossdale's raw, plaintive
vocals". That that, Kerrang! has already proclaimed
it 'Bush's best album yet.' "It's a very naked record,"
"Definitely a real rock record. It's such a rock record
it even surprised us. The songs speak for themselves,
I think. The album is very empowering and uplifting,
though I'm not really sure what its contemporaries are.
That's the weird thing about it. It's like the record
exists in its own space."
Bush are Gavin Rossdale on guitars and vocals, Nigel
Pulsford on guitar, Dave Parsons on bass, and Robin
Goodridge on drums. The band formed in London in 1992,
and released their debut album, Sixteen Stone, in 1994.
Having completed a mammoth 18-month tour of the USA
(which encompassed more than 230 shows), Sixteen Stone
scores its first platinum certification (1,000,000 copies
sold) in July 1995. Perhaps remarkably, the album has
gone on to achieve six times platinum sales statues.
In 1996, the group released their second album, the
award-winning Razorblade Suitcase, which was
co-produced by Steve Albini to a similar US clamour
of hands in pockets..
Razorblade Suitcase also spawned the UK top 10 hit single
'Swallowed'. Most oddly of all, 1997 saw the release
of Deconstructed, a collection of Bush tracks
remixed by the likes of the Dub Pistols and Goldie.
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