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The Return of No Doubt
Nearly 10 years after their last studio album,one of modern music’s most iconic acts is back-and giving EW a first look at what’s next.
By Dave Karger
The invitation was cryptic: Show up at a recording studio in Santa Monica at an appointed hour,and the four members of No Doubt will be there,with news to share.
Was it a breakup announcement? After all,the Orange County quartet-vocalist Gwen Stefani,41;bassist Tony Kanal,40;guitarist Tom Dumont,43;and drummer Adrian Young,41-haven’t released a new studio album since 2001’s Rock Steady. And Stefani’s calendar,which includes a solo career,clothing lines,and marriage and two young sons with musician Gavin Rossdale,45,is packed solid. But happily,no;read on to find out what we learned.
EW: So,guys,what’s up?
Gwen Stefani: Um,we are…what if I said something really bad?
Adrian Young: We’re all having sex changes!
Tony Kanal: We’ve made a record. We’re really excited about it.We’re in the final stages now.It’ll be out this year.
Stefani: We only have a few more songs to finish.It’s been a really long process.Fun,but it’s starting to get not as fun.We’re like,”Let’s hurry up and finish it!”
Kanal: We started writing in 2008,when Gwen was pregnant with Zuma. We spent that year trying to write,and we hit a block.
EW: What was the block?
Stefani: Not writing songs. Like,going in and hitting your head against the wall for hours and feeling really bad about yourself for days and days. We definitely took a snail’s pace,but only because we all have so much going on. My day consists of waking up with babies,and then working out,my clothing lines,and then picking them up from school,and then rolling into the studio at 4:30 and you only have a few hours before you have to be up with the kids again. And I can’t do it five days a week. I have to be home with them for dinner.
EW: Does the new material have the same ska-punk sound as before?
Tom Dumont: It covers a lot of ground in the sense that we’ve always covered a lot of ground. We’ve always had a problem focusing.
Stefani: Don’t you feel like we listen to so much stuff that we love and we’re like,”Oh,man,I wish we could be like The Cure!”? But everything only sounds us. I wanna be Depeche Mode so bad,but I just don’t sound like them.
EW: What’s rock life going to be like now that all of you are over 40?
Stefani: [Deadpan] None of us are 40,I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Kanal: The great thing is that’s going to happen on our next tour is that ther’es going to be nine kids on the road with us.Adrian’s about to have another kid.
Young: It’s like having two separate lives. Each of us has our family-home-suburban life. Then once we’re onstage,it’s like,”Okay,let’s get our rock on”.
Stefani: It’s such a natural thing for us to be in our band;we’ve been doing it our whole lives. But all of a sudden,these other humans joined us,little tiny ones that are really demanding.It’s challenging,especially for me because I’m the mom. They’re just the dads.
EW: Just the dads?
Stefani: I’m saying they have their wives with them. I don’t have my wife with me. But you get to see a lot more. Normally,I would sleep the whole tour and just wake up to do the show. But you take [the kids] places on the days off. We’ve seen,like,every museum in every city of the world.
EW: What’s new with your solo career,Gwen? Are you also recording?
Stefani: No,no,that was a moment in time.It went on a little longer than we all thought it would,because it was inspired and you have to go with wherever you’re at in that time in your life. We would never have made this record if I hadn’t made those records. Everything workd out how it should.
With some nervousness,Gwen Stefani & Co. agreed to play two tracks from their upcoming record for EW. Here’s a preview:
One More Summer – A catchy driving with the top down single featuring synths, hand claps, and New Order-esque guitars.
Sample lyric – “one more summer/one more weekend/You’re my lover, I’m your weakness”
Settle Down – Under a dancehall beat (think Hey Baby), Stefani sings about trying to balance all aspects of her busy life.
Sample Lyric – “I’m-a rough and tough/ nothin’s gonna knock this girl down.”