New Interview: Gwen And Tony Talk About The New Album

Yesssss! Thank you Wallstreet Journal! Tony and Gwen were interviewed on what’s going on with the new album — and we like what we hear so far! We personally are pulling for more of an old-school ska/reggae album… and the No Doubt Gods seem to be answering our prayers! Tony mentions that the band doesn’t have a release date or album title at this time (he says it’s too early), but it was confirmed on the official site earlier this week that we will see new music in 2011 (we’re hearing early Spring!) The band is also working with longtime producer Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (who produced “Stand and Deliver” and Rock Steady) and are being influenced by 80’s music (cheesy 80’s music Gwen stated) and Jamaican music. Yes! Tony actually mentions “lots and lots”! We would love to hear some traditional rocksteady and reggae for the new album. So exciting!

We are a little confused though when Tony mentions that they are still just writing though… the band has said they have 9 songs done… so… ?

Wallstreet Journal — Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week always saves the biggest shows for last, and tonight’s Spring 2011 finale was no exception, as Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. show thrilled the hip, over-capacity crowd with a multimedia spectacular closer in feel to a major rock concert than a runway presentation.

To a throbbing soundtrack which included M.I.A., Sean Paul and a heavy ska and rocksteady influence, Stefani sent a series of largely black-and-white, flounced and draped dresses down the runway, accessorized with fedoras and oversized white handbags. The collection also featured parachute-style pants and shorts paired with midriff tops, with splashes of vivid reggae-dancehall-style prints.

Stefani’s husband and Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale, their son Kingston, No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, Interscope founder Jimmy Iovine, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, R&B singer Omarion and Spice Girl Mel B watched from the front row of L.A.M.B., which is an acronym of the title of Stefani’s 2004 debut solo album, “Love.Angel.Music.Baby.” Stefani took her curtain call to No Doubt’s “Hey Baby.”

No Doubt began work in May on their anticipated sixth album, its first since 2001’s “Rock Steady.” We asked Stefani and Kanal, in separate interviews, about the new album, the show’s soundtrack, and the fashion influence of the Sex Pistols.

The Wall Street Journal: What can you tell us about the new No Doubt album?

Gwen Stefani: We’ve been working on it most of the year. We’re all having a lot of fun together in the studio and it’s a great record we’re making. There’s still a lot more work to do on it. It’s been a bit of a snail’s pace but it’s going to be worth it.

Your L.A.M.B. collections always seem to be influenced by music from different periods. What music inspired you this season?

Stefani: I just want it to be good; I just want to wear it myself – that’s the main inspiration! But there are a lot of tribal and dancehall themes this time.

In prior seasons, you’ve used red tartan plaids similar to Vivienne Westwood’s punk designs for the Sex Pistols. Is she an influence?

Stefani: I am very, very inspired by her. Yeah, I love her.

How’s the new album coming along?

Tony Kanal: It’s great. We haven’t wrapped it yet. We have about nine ideas and we’re just moving along and it feels amazing. Honestly, we’re having the best time of our lives.

What’s it like getting back together after nine years?

Kanal: Is it nine years? 2001 – you’re absolutely right! Wow, I’m impressed! The thing is, we’ve been hanging out and doing other stuff together and families growing so it doesn’t really feel like we’ve been apart. All of our families hang out. The babies are here tonight. And musically, it’s just amazing.

Tell me about some of the influences in the new album.

Kanal: Obviously the ‘80’s, since we grew up then. A lot of Jamaican influences coming in, as well.

A lot of ska and reggae? We can only hope…

Kanal: [Laughing] Yes, definitely. Lots and lots.

Which producers have you been working with?

Kanal: So far, we’re just writing. So we’ve been doing it ourselves. Our producer is Spike Stent [their longtime producer].

Do you have a title or drop date yet?

Kanal: No, it’s way too early.

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