No Doubt is featured with a small interview in the November issue of Elle magazine. They discuss why the writing and recording process took so long due to the band’s understandable commitments to each other’s families. Tony also appreciates how the journalist respects the fact that the band never broke up.
Adrian ends the article by saying that no matter what comes out of the studio from them, it always sounds like No Doubt music.
The wait is finally over. Gwen and the boys are back.
No Doubt are about to release their first album in 11 years. So what took them so long? “We had serious writerâ€™s block”, says guitarist Tom Dumont. “Gwen did those dance music records. Then she had her sons Kingston and Zuma, so we’d only have her in the studio a few hours a day, for three days a week. We had a lot of struggles.”
No Doubt are hardly the first musicians to go on a lengthy hiatus: Guns Nâ€™ Roses fans famously had to wait 15 years for any new music and Kate Bush vanished from the scene for 12 years. But if the members of No Doubt are unusually honest about the reasons for the wait between 2001â€™s Rock Steady and 2012â€™s Push And Shove, perhaps thatâ€™s because they never actually split up. “Iâ€™m glad you said that”, says bassist Tony Kanal. “Journalists always think weâ€™ve just decided to get back together, but we did tours – we just didnâ€™t have new songs to play.”
Formed 26 years ago in California, No Doubt enjoyed unprecedented success with breakthrough single “Donâ€™t Speak”, while the evergreen Stefani remains one of musicâ€™s true icons. Rock Steady sold globally in its millions, adding reggae and dancehall influences to the groupâ€™s ear for a hit. “We work so well as band because Tom and I are funny, and Gwen and Adrian laugh at our jokes”, says Kanal.
While much has changed in the world since No Doubtâ€™s last album – then iTunes was new to the world and Ally McBeal was the TV series – Push And Shoveâ€™s mix of pop hooks, beats and heart-on-the sleeve lyrics really couldnâ€™t have been made by anyone else. “No matter what we try to do in the studio, we end up sounding like No Doubt”, says Young. “Eventually.”