Bush offers ‘relevant’ rock album with Man on the Run

New music from British grunge rockers Bush is described as “tough-minded sentiments that seem alternately confrontational, compassionate and cautionary.” A news release about new album, Man on the Run, adds that “Amid the sense of wonder that pervades [the new album] is also a distinct warning that survival does not come easy.” Frontman Gavin Rossdale asserts, “It’s a magical time, but you need a crash helmet. You can fix everything but your head.” Man on the Run via Zuma Rock Records/BMG Rights Management is further labeled as Rossdale’s attempt to pick the Bush banner back up after spending a few years as a solo artist.

Bush’s second “post-reformation project” featuring the current lineup of Rossdale (vocals, guitar), Chris Traynor (guitar), Corey Britz (bass), and Robin Goodridge (drums) finds the band returning to the sound that made it famous, while adding “distinctly 21st century wrinkles.” However, Rossdale admits the pop landscape that dominates today’s music scene is not conducive to rock acts. “[Man on the Run is] a bit heavy for the mainstream and a bit heavy for what’s going on, but I think that’s exciting,” says Rossdale.

The new album was helmed by producers Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Alice In Chains) and Jay Baumgardner, who has worked on a number of Bush and Rossdale solo projects. “I’ve never split a record up with two people,” explains Rossdale, “but I think the record is quite consistent between both sets of recordings.” He adds he agreed to work with Raskulinecz on the recommendation of friends Amy Lee (Evanescence) and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who hosted the bulk of the album’s recording in his studio.

Man on the Run opens with ‘Just Like My Other Sins,’ a song Rossdale says makes a “sonic statement of intent to pull you into the record.” He adds the dynamic of using “garage electronics with vintage amps and pawnshop guitars” was a great way to “use technology to not be too pristine.” The album is also virtually ballad-free. “Having been inspired by being off the road, I felt that it had to be a high-energy record,” reveals Rossdale. The album’s lead-off single is ‘The Only Way Out,’ a track that is currently No. 15 on the Mediabase Active Rock radio airplay chart, and No. 25 on the chart’s Alternative format playlist.

Fans have eagerly anticipated more from Bush since the release of 2011’s The Sea of Memories, which featured comeback single, ‘The Sound of Winter,’ another track that topped both the rock and alternative charts. Rossdale says that, thematically, “[Man on the Run] is about staying firm and staying true to your path, and to your vocation and your passion and your intention. Perhaps that’s starting to become the strongest lesson that I’m learning in reaching this point in my life, realizing that it’s about not wavering, and about sticking to your guns, really.”

The new album is being released along with newly remastered editions of the band’s first three albums (Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase, The Science of Things) and the 1997 compilation titled Deconstructed. Bush is also planning a limited number of concert dates in December including Tulsa, Okla. (Dec. 1), St. Louis (Dec. 2), Nashville (Dec. 5), Sacramento (Dec. 10), and Las Vegas (Dec. 12).

Watch the official music video for ‘The Only Way Out’ off the new Bush album Man on the Run.

As A Matter of Fact…

* British rock band Bush formed in London in 1992. While slow to catch on in the U.K., the grunge pioneers found immediate success in the U.S. with the release of 1994 debut album, Sixteen Stone. The 6x-platinum album helped make Bush one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s—selling more than 10 million records in the U.S. alone.

* Bush has had numerous Top 10 singles on the Billboard rock and alternative charts with 1996 album Razorblade Suitcase topping the Billboard 200. The album’s first single, ‘Swallowed,’ spent seven weeks atop the Modern Rock Tracks chart. In 1997, Bush released the remix album Deconstructed, a project that features rearrangements of the band’s songs as dance and techno tracks.

* Bush’s next studio album was 1998’s The Science of Things, but the album was held up in court by the band’s Trauma Records label. The case was eventually settled in early 1999 and the album was finally released that October. The album is considered a changeup of the band’s style, featuring more electronic influences.

* After a move to Atlantic Records, Bush released Golden State in October 2001. The album failed to match the band’s earlier success, compounded by the departure of original guitarist Nigel Pulsford in January 2002. Chris Traynor took over on lead guitar for the last tour Bush would do for eight years.

* Rossdale and Traynor formed the band Institute, in 2004, and Rossdale later embarked on a solo career. His first solo album, Wanderlust, appeared in 2008 supported by the single ‘Love Remains the Same.’ The singer also ventured into acting, appearing in the films Zoolander, Little Black Book, The Game of Their Lives, Constantine, How to Rob a Bank, and others.

* Bush reunited in 2010 with a lineup that included Rossdale and Traynor along with bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge. The new combo recorded the album The Sea of Memories, which reached No. 5 on the Billboard independent and alternative album charts, while single ‘The Sound of Winter’ topped the alternative and rock songs charts.

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