Bush is an interesting rock band.
The grungy alt-rock group is not so popular in bandleader Gavin Rossdale's home country of Great Britain, but it's incredibly popular here. Bush has also been derided for aping grunge groups such as Nirvana, even though Bush formed over band members' appreciation of the Pixies (much like, Nirvana, actually).
And then, despite the success of songs such as “Glycerine” and “The Chemicals Between Us,” Bush took an eight-year hiatus in which Rossdale made a record as Institute and another under his own name.
Since 2010, Bush has released a new album and toured extensively. Before heading to town to open this year's Stir Cove concert series, we talked to Rossdale while the band's tour stopped in Milwaukee. He even told us about the band's upcoming album.
Question. Have you been playing new songs in your recent shows?
Answer. We've been playing a few new songs. That's been interesting because I'm not used to playing songs that people don't know. It's been intriguing and fun.
Q. Are you nervous playing songs no one has heard?
A. It's a different approach for us. It's interesting because people are respectful. It's a new song and they go, “OK.” They almost take a moment and check out the song.
Q. Do you worry about those songs popping up on YouTube?
A. I want them to. But it seems to be such a fast-changing world that certainly my management doesn't mind that you have a million hits on YouTube. I'm living in a supersonic bubble and trying to listen to what people around me are saying and what the best way to do it is. It's such a changing landscape. Everything changes, and I'm trying to keep abreast of that.
Q. Two of the new songs you've been playing are “This House Is On Fire” and “Loneliness is a Killer.” Can you tell me about those a little bit?
A. Songs about regular life. Just two songs about regular life. I think that's what interests me the most: how we treat each other and how the world is. It's kind of always been my sort of domain.
I think it's a really tough life for lots of people a lot of the time. Then there's excellent shards of great happiness in there and it's real fun. But a lot of the time, people are sort of challenged, all the time. It's kind of stressful.
I see it in my own life and in people around me, and so I write about it.
Q. So you're still finishing up the album?
A. Yeah. I've always traditionally done two writing sessions. I'm gonna do probably one more writing session and then we all kind of work stuff up. We've completed two songs and we just worked on a bunch of other songs. Then we'll just go back and complete them in June and August when we're finished with touring. Then we'll be ready.
A lot of information is already down. But it's exciting — the songs — especially at this point. You go, “I could really write a really good song now. I've written a few good songs, but now is the time.” You're like, “Now! It's now!”
Being out here on the road has been an interesting jolt. I'll go back, and I'll be really fresh off the road ... if there is such a thing.
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