British rock group Bush made a special appearance at the Grammy Museum before a limited and devoted audience Wednesday evening. Currently promoting their upcoming seventh studio album ‘Black And White Rainbows,’ lead singer Gavin Rossdale took the stage for a brief interview session, highlighting the band’s influences of their debut album ‘Sixteen Stone’ and heavily focusing on the evolution of musical intake from a consumer perspective. Fans in attendance were fortunate enough to participate in the interview, providing additional questions directed towards Rossdale and sharing multiple compliments and praise for his musical contributions.
While describing the writing process for ‘Black And White Rainbows,’ Rossdale shared that he wanted to write an album where people can find a common thread and have it resonate long enough to reveal a human side. Reaching through multiple genres, he listened profusely to various artists without a specific purpose. Ella Fitzgerald appeared to be a constant staple to return from but shared that his musical versatility expanded from Drake to spending multiple days lost in A Perfect Circle’s discography. Shifting to a new creative approach, Bush decided to seek out a recording studio in North Hollywood instead of the previous albums approach, which were produced in their home studios. The new direction provided an element that was absent in albums past, bringing the band closer and developing a strong comradery that supports their foundation.
Rossdale also mentioned a strong subject that he feels passionate about, refugees. The current album draws some of its focus from tragedies occurring across the world. Rossdale wanted to use his platform as a musician to raise awareness of the millions of refugees, focusing on young women and children and victims of war. Without making a political stance, he mentioned that the people involved in these heinous acts are innocent and don’t want to live in such conditions. The powers that be are responsible for the displaced and violated, as a musician he felt responsible for making a statement in an attempt to create a drastic change for a stronger future.
In regards to his personal evolution as an artist, Rossdale shared that his constant goal is to improve his craft and remain a student of music. He continues to take guitar lessons and aspires to always sharpen his craft. With the creation of new material, he still manages to feel the same excitement for every song, jumping in celebration much like his reactions for ‘Sixteen Stone.’ As a young musician, Sex Pistols, Bob Marley and Bruce Lee were his Holy Trinity of inspiration. Although his inspirations were completely different in every aspect, the versatility was captured as he learned to combine electronic sounds with programming to develop what the audience experiences today.
As the interview concluded, Rossdale briefly walked off stage in preparation for an acoustic performance. After a brief pause, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge joined Rossdale on stage as fans responded wildly. Bush began their performance with ‘Little Things’ off their first record. Fans remained quiet and in awe as they witnessed one of the groups biggest hits played live and acoustically. They continued the set list with their latest single ‘Mad Love,’ sharing with the audience the live debut performance. Rossdale laughed and joked with the crowd between songs, making the intimate concert a special performance for everyone present. They concluded the night with fan favorites ‘Glycerine’ and ‘Come Down,’ resulting in a massive collaboration with everyone in attendance. Bush’s ‘Black And White Rainbows’ will be released March 10th via Zuma Rock Records.
Photos by: JACOB GAITAN