Gavin Rossdale Dishes on New Bush Album and a Milestone 20th Anniversary
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The more things change, the more things stay the same. This axiom can easily be applied to famed British alt-rockers Bush as they celebrate the recent 20th anniversary of their multiplatinum debut, Sixteen Stone, and promote their new album, Man On the Run, released late last year.
The band, led by singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale, became famous in the mid-'90s for post-grunge hits like "Everything Zen" and "Glycerine," which were reminiscent of the heavy grunge sounds of Nirvana and Soundgarden and strongly resonated with American audiences. Interestingly, Bush gained much more notoriety Stateside than in their native U.K., where the lighter sound of Britpop was on the rise at the time. Since releasing Sixteen Stone in 1994, the band has sold more than 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone.
Now the band, which also includes guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz, and drummer Robin Goodridge, has just released album number six, which Rossdale says is an ode to everyone who finds themselves pulled in too many directions at once, constantly trying to meet daily deadlines while striving to define their larger legacy.
"[Man On the Run] is for everyone — it's not just for men but [also] for women, girls," Rossdale told Yahoo Music at the of the album's release. "It's just that thing that so much is expected from us, from ourselves and other people; it's so competitive in any lane, any field, doing anything. And it feels we're all just running to make stuff on time, running for deadlines, running to achieve things and make some kind of sense of our lives and have some kind of legacy... so that's the whole 'man on the run' thing. It's a universal feeling."
The album's title track, replete with grungy layers of sound and a decidedly '90s Nirvana vibe, speaks of a man who "feels the walls closing in"