In a new candid interview with Rolling Stone, Gwen discusses No Doubt’s latest album, Push and Shove, their new track “Shine” and rediscovering herself while working with Pharrell Williams again.
She first opens up by saying she’s had “couple of hard years” looking back on the studio sessions while working on Push and Shove. The album was recorded mostly while Gavin was away touring with his band Bush which left her on her own raising their two boys Kingston and Zuma. “I would get my kids ready for school, drop them off, go in the studio and be home by four to make dinner.” Gwen says that she feels “sad” that the album “didn’t connect” with fans and critics.
The article says that Gwen has since channeled her inner “turmoil” into new material for her upcoming solo album, expected early 2015. She admits that she’s been trying to write songs for her new album but is having trouble writing anything “on par” with her last solo records. “I wasn’t gonna bring back the Harajuku Girls,” she says, referring to her former Japanese backup dancers. “You kind of run out of ideas. After a while, you’re just competing with yourself.” Since giving birth to her third son Apollo this past February, she says she had a turning point and inspiration struck after reuniting with Pharrell. Gwen shares that her last pregnancy was really rough (and had her sick the majority of the time). Since being on The Voice, Pharrell encouraged Gwen to get back into the studio and expressed how much she needed to let her own voice be heard and “not have a bunch of people telling her what to do.”
“Baby Don’t Lie” songwriter/producer on Gwen, “She’s an open book. She’s cuckoo, she’s a superhero, but there’s vulnerability there. Even the biggest people [she worked with] were star-struck.”
Rolling Stone also confirms that Gwen is writing with Charli XCX. Gwen says that she normally doesn’t write with female songwriters but said she chose too because Charli had her “vibe.”
Gwen’s third solo album, due out early next year, came together in about six months. She calls being back in the studio this time around “addictive” and stresses the fact that she wants to put this album out as well as another No Doubt album. Gwen probably won’t tour her new album but does confirm that No Doubt are heading out again on the road this summer for a few festival shows.
No Doubt’s new track “Shine”, co-written and produced by Pharrell, is confirmed to be appearing in the US release of the upcoming family comedy, Paddington. The article hints that the track may be a solo song now but we’ll have to wait for an official confirmation. The soundtrack is said to be hitting retailers soon.
Gwen is so humble in by saying she’s “shocked” that people still care. “Doing another solo record and recording No Doubt music and being on The Voice and having three boys all at one time, that just wasn’t something I could dream up in my mind.”