In a new interview with France’s 20Minutes.fr, the band talks about the excitement of the album being out and Tom mentions it was pretty surreal meeting fans outside their hotel whom already had the record.
Tom continues saying that the band was the main priority before having children. Gwen says that there is no magic button for song writing, and admits it was difficult finding inspiration.
One of the reasons the band decided to take a break in 2004 cause they felt touring and being in the studio was invasive. To “keep their cool”, they decided on taking a break. But it was always understood that No Doubt never broke up.
Even though it’s a pretty rough translation, Gwen actually says “we’ll see” when the question comes up about revisiting her solo career (though she has confirmed numerous times that she is done going solo). She also admits that sometimes she gets tired of performing some songs (“Don’t Speak”) but at the same time remains grateful for the opportunity to perform it because it put No Doubt on the map.
20minutes.fr — The American group No Doubt is back in stores Monday after eleven years with the album â€œPush and Shoveâ€. â€œ20 Minutesâ€ met interpreters â€œDo not Speakâ€, visiting Paris for the occasion â€¦
The bar of a large Parisian hotel Monday night, Gwen Stefani laughed out loud when ordering â€œthe bestâ€ pink champagne. It is time to celebrate for the pretty blonde who never leaves home without her lipstick flashy. After two solo albums and two babies, now back with his cronies Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young for the release of â€œPush and Shoveâ€ (Polydor), accents ska, dancehall and electro-pop.
Your new album, â€œPush and Shoveâ€ finally released after more than ten years! How do you feel today?
Gwen Stefani: We do not stop to think that this is happening to believe it (laughs). Pinch me! Iâ€™m proud of us, and Iâ€™m really happy.
Tom Dumont: When we left our hotel this afternoon, there were fans waiting for us. And they had the new album! We did not expect that at all.
Why is group back now exactly?
Gwen Stefani: We thought back before! Everything is my fault. It is very difficult to be a mother and to write an album together. It was a real challenge. But we did it!
Adrian Young: We continued to work together during this time. We toured in 2004. After two solo albums Gwen Stefani, we started working on this album in 2008 for completion in 2011. It took a long time.
Why did you take so long to record â€œPush and Shoveâ€?
Adrian Young: Mainly because we have children now.
Tom Dumont: Before No Doubt came first, but this is no longer the case since we are parents.
Gwen Stefani: There is still a lot, but in different ways. I have two little boys. I have to deal with it, be a good mother. It was impossible to spend more than three days a week working on the album. I culpabilisais when I was leaving to go to the studio and I put pressure to move because I did not feel like leaving them for nothing. And then my husband [Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of Bush] has been on tour for a year, it has not simplified things.
This stage of your life has influenced your way of writing as well?
Gwen Stefani: It was much more focused on this album, because we always had little time to write all these new songs. We also wanted to ask about our lives, precisely because we write it. There is no magic button, it was difficult to find inspiration.
Gwen Stefani, you released two solo albums in 2004 and 2006. Why have you removed from the group at the time?
Gwen Stefani: After several tours with No Doubt, I was very inspired to make a dance album. For fun. This was not really part of the identity of No Doubt. The idea to make a record for fun sticking well with my theatrical side. It was a very different artistic project. But during all this time, we continued to see each other. They have supported me and themselves had other musical projects.
Tom Dumont: We are still very close, it is for this reason that we are still able to make a new album together. We decided to take a break because we need to stop. Tours and studio recordings are very intensive. To keep our cool, we had to take a break. But it was always clear that the group does not separate.
Gwen Stefani, the Sun says that you will not ever solo album, confirmed?
Gwen Stefani: I never make plans on the comet. All these ideas had come like that, bim. It was a fantastic time. I prefer to live day to day. Everything goes so fast, weâ€™ll see.
After these projects away from No Doubt, it will not be difficult for the group to reaffirm its identity?
Adrian Young: It will return when we will start to play on television and on stage. Listening to the album, fans gather the group, thatâ€™s for sure.
You will start a tour this winter. Are you ready to play again, â€œDo not speakâ€ again and again?
Gwen Stefani: When doing concerts people think they come to us. In reality, it is just that we see. There are certain songs that Iâ€™m a little tired of interpretation, but when you have as it hits that connect the world, you are grateful for life and you play it. This song helped No Doubt exist.