Despite the woes of lockdown, it’s been an eventful year thus far for U.S-based rock band Bush, who released their eighth studio album this July. We caught up with frontman Gavin Rossdale to find out how the latest record came about and what he’s been doing to keep busy.
Gavin Rossdale has had a truly incredible career with Bush, one of North America’s most commercially successful rock bands of the '90s who reformed in 2010 following an eight-year hiatus.
The lead vocalist and rhythmic guitarist is as passionate as ever about his craft, something we recently learned while discussing the creative process behind some of the tracks on The Kingdom, the band’s latest record.
“I just love being in this band and it really defines everything that I do,” enthuses Rossdale. “There’s been a really good response to the new songs and I actually shot a video for one of them just before this whole pandemic went down.”
The video in question is for the epic sounding Flowers On A Grave, which as Rossdale reveals was written and recorded in exactly the same way as the band’s 1994 debut album, Sixteen Stone:
“I had this great studio where I wrote the theme songs for a few TV shows as well as three songs for Rihanna, but then it really became about writing the Bush record for me. I’d get my engineer in and pull all the instruments up, and then when the songs were together and the band was in, I’d usually start to get skeletons ready and begin experimenting with things. I’d just use that as a sort of base start point and it’s the same thing I used to do with the band back in the day,” he explains.
“I’d sit in my room with a drum machine and a guitar and I’d record myself, or I’d walk around Hyde Park playing the riffs on one cassette player and recording myself on another.”
What is curious however is that when he wrote Flowers On A Grave, Rossdale had just given up his recording studio due to the fact that he just wasn’t getting enough use out of it, not to mention it costing a small fortune to run. Instead, for this song he used an Alesis SR-16 drum machine.