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Spin’s new Q&A with Gavin Rossdale is an excellent read, covering the reunion of Bush, their October slated album, Everything Always Now and its first single “Afterlife,” which is getting steady radio play and ranked at #37 on this week’s Top 50 Billboard Rock Songs chart.
“Our sound is a bit evolved,” says Rossdale in the Spin interview. “It’s interesting seeing the reactions to [first single] ‘Afterlife.’ It’s like, ‘You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t.’ Some reactions are, ‘Man, this is great! I love it! Bush is back!’ Others are, ‘This sucks. You should listen to what they were like in 1995.’ You can’t win. I would be easy to recreate the same sound — just turn the guitars up and be a little more reckless. But everyone is meant to evolve.
“With this record it’s about finding the balance between uplifting music that’s got real energy and real vibe, but isn’t bone crushing. Bush, to me, was never a heavy band, but we always had the right amount of thrust. I hope we captured that with this record.”