KROQ has posted a portion of DJ Stryker’s interview with Adrian from yesterday afternoon on their blog.
He talks about the newly released “Push and Shove” song saying that it brought them all back to their ska roots. Diplo brought the song originally to them (without the chorus) which the band then wrote to make the song sound more ‘No Doubtish’. Adrian is really excited to hear this kind of song on the radio from them; can we take that as a confirmation this is the second single?
KROQ — Relaxing over a drink in his private in-home bar with KROQâ€™s Ted Stryker, No Doubt drummer Adrian Young explained the story behind the ska-inspired title track from their highly anticipated new album, Push and Shove.
â€œSinging with Gwen (Stefani) is Jamaican dancehall rapper, Busy Signal. We worked on the track with Major Lazer, kind of a collaboration,â€ Young explained. â€œThey kind of brought us back to our own roots on that song. They said, â€˜When you were young, you were playing so much ska. Weâ€™d like to hear what thatâ€™s like in 2012. No Doubt playing ska.â€™â€
â€œSo we gave it a go, and we all get super excited every time we hear that song. Ska music in general is just exciting music. It feels natural to us. Anything you were doing as a teenager into your 20s or 30sâ€¦ itâ€™s a part of us, itâ€™s a part of No Doubt.â€
Stryker dug deeper into the roots, asking the drummer how the song was born. â€œThe roots of the song started with Tony talking to the guys from Major Lazer (led by superstar DJ/producer Diplo), and they came up with the initial groove. It sounded awesome so we jumped in and put our tweaks on it. We said, letâ€™s make it more â€˜No Doubt.â€™ We wrote the chorus, which is super different than the verses.â€ Young reflects on the early days of the band. â€œItâ€™s like what we used to do a long time ago. Weâ€™d do ska verses, then go into some weird half-time chorus. But a long time ago when we were playing music like that, radio wasnâ€™t playing us. First the first eight years of our band, we werenâ€™t on the radio. So, Iâ€™m really excited to hear that kind of song, from us, on the radio.â€