MTV News has shared a new interview with the band from yesterday afternoon.
No Doubt werenâ€™t particularly concerned about staying current with â€œSettle Down,â€ the lead single off their first album in 11 years, Push and Shove. After all, for more than two decades now, theyâ€™ve gleefully mashed worldly beats â€” ska, reggae, dancehall and electro â€” with radio-friendly pop â€¦ and itâ€™s just been over the past few years that the rest of the industry has caught up with them.
Then again, despite the prevalence of globe-spanning pop on the charts these days, No Doubt donâ€™t consider themselves to be pioneers. In fact, for them, melding styles and genres has always been part of their plan â€¦ even if, more often than not, theyâ€™ve never really had a plan to speak of.
â€œWe donâ€™t know what weâ€™re doing,â€ Gwen Stefani laughed. â€œEverythingâ€™s basically a series of accidents and mistakes.â€
And that was exactly the same, uh, method they applied to Push and Shove (due September 25), which seems them not only working with the dancehall duo of Major Lazer and reggae artist Busy Signal, but continuing to push the boundaries of pop and rock. Itâ€™s what theyâ€™ve been doing for 25 years now, and, as the old adage goes, if it ainâ€™t broke, donâ€™t fix it.
â€œHonestly… we just make music that we love and we want to play. We get inspired by something, and we kind of go with it,â€ bassist Tony Kanal said. â€œWeâ€™ve always been huge fans of ska and reggae music, and when we were making the Rock Steady record, we were super into dancehall â€” we still are.
â€œAnd on the Return of Saturn tour, before we made Rock Steady, we were having dancehall parties every night, and I feel that really fueled and fed into making Rock Steady, so much that we actually went to Jamaica and recorded with incredible Jamaican producers down there,â€ he continued. â€œI think if something inspires us, we go with it, we know when itâ€™s working and we just kind of run with it. It seems to work for us.â€