Adrian caught up with Australia’s Music Feeds while currently in London.
He reveals that everything is really exciting right now, and goes on by saying that it’s even more exciting being out of the studio. Adrian says it’s a great feeling physically having the album in his hands and he’s really enjoying playing new music on television and getting ready for a tour.
Adrian says that it’s much different now in the digital age seeing instant feedback on the album but he’s thrilled that the response has been mostly positive. He does note that some will hate no matter what cause of their popularity.
Adrian tells the Austrailian press that he loved touring over there but they are not 100% sure when they will be over there again. He says that they plan on touring the US first (we’re hearing Spring 2013) and then will be heading overseas for a world tour.
Music Feeds — Out of the countless reunions that weâ€™ve seen coming out of the 90â€²s resurgence, few (perhaps even none) have as much credibility and have instilled as much excitement as No Doubt. After hanging up the mic, leads and sticks for more than a decade, the band announced their triumphant return to the music world and have since released their first studio offering since 2001â€²s Rock Steady. The super-anticipated Push and Shove dropped last week, and Music Feeds caught up with drummer Adrian Young to learn more.
Currently in London with the band for the first time in almost 10 years, Young is clearly loving being back on the horse. â€œEverything is just so exciting again,â€ he said, which got us talking about other re-kindled experiences such as studio time with the old bandmates, â€œWell, to be honest, itâ€™s exciting not to be in the studio, because we were in the studio for a while making this record. But it feels good having the actual physical CD in hand, and playing some of these songs live on television; itâ€™s great, and all that, getting ready for touring.â€
Now that Push and Shove has had a couple of days to air and resonate amongst fans, Young explained how the release had been received by those who had been waiting with bated breath for the album: â€œThis was the first time that we put out a record with instant feedback, you know, in this digital age. I was reading some reviews and most people seem to dig it, but the thing about being in a popular band is that people are just going to want to hate. It is all part of being in a popular band. But we just like making music together, you know.â€
Throughout the recording process of the album, there were numerous reports from the band and sources close to them that getting back into the groove of this wasnâ€™t so easy. Young explained why this time round may not have been as smooth as previous recording sessions: â€œWe probably recorded many of the songs 2 or 3 times, and changed them up along the way, whereas previously we would kind of settle in on a style for a song and record it and move on. But this time I think that, especially with our producers, they were pushing us to dig deep and experiment and make sure that for the final result we really turned over every stone, if you know what I mean.â€
We explored this a little further. With their subscribing to such a specific genre, the conversation took a turn towards where they drew inspiration and ideas for their music, and whether or not that inspiration is still there a decade later: â€œFor most of our records we draw from 80s music. Thatâ€™s music that we used to live on and that hasnâ€™t gone away. We still draw from that, and itâ€™ll probably always be that way. You always end up making music that youâ€™ve been listing to.â€
Young did continue to explain that the bandâ€™s priorities had shifted during the break: â€œThere were previously no children in the band, now there are 9, you know? Scheduling and all that became so hard. So with that, having to grow up, your priorities do change. The rules are different.â€ This is something that surely influenced the process.
So did one of the biggest bands to emerge from the 90s feel the gaze of the world on their backs while they were writing and recording? Young explained that the pressure â€œis always there. Thereâ€™s always some sort of pressure, with each record. I mean, I donâ€™t think we felt massive amounts of pressure, but we really did feel it. In the past, when weâ€™d be like â€˜lets just get an album out soonâ€™ and keep the momentum going. This time weâ€™d taken such a long time between records, Iâ€™d say the rush had gone away, Iâ€™d say there was even less pressure.â€
After months of reunion news and recording news, we got to the brass tax of things: No Doubtâ€™s next Australian tour, and when it will be.â€Thatâ€™s a really good question. Iâ€™m not 100% sure. Weâ€™ve toured there before and weâ€™ve really loved the shows weâ€™ve played there. Itâ€™s a great place to party, from my memoryâ€. I assured him that it still is a great place to come party. Young continued to say, â€œWeâ€™re planning on coming backâ€¦ Now that the record is done, weâ€™re going to tour through the US next, that will be summer for you guys, then we will be heading overseas.â€
The general vibe on the current climate in the band seems to be more grown up, but by no means boring; if anything, it is more fun than ever. Now with a new release fresh from the print that, despite the gap, fits in perfectly next to its older brothers, the band is living up to their title in more ways than one as they climb back into their throne and are once again crowned kings (and queen) of punk rock, and of that there is No Doubt.