Gavin Rossdale Says Bush’s Post-Grunge Criticism ‘Was Pretty Unfair’
The 1990s were a very diverse decade for rock music, starting with the explosion of grunge at the beginning. Bush were part of a wave of alternative rock bands that really garnered notoriety following grunge's peak, along with groups like Creed and Nickelback. Often looked down upon for emulating the sound of grunge, singer Gavin Rossdale says the criticism of Bush as a post-grunge band "was pretty unfair" in a recent interview with Consequence of Sound.
"I think it was pretty unfair," Rossdale begins. "But so many great things have happened that it feels disingenuous to complain about a couple of writers in 1994 and their perspective. It’s just their perspective. You have to be a fully grown adult if you’re gonna put your head on the chopping block. You have to be able to take a few shots to survive. I took a lot of shots."
Despite whatever shots Bush had to take at the time, they found their way to mainstream success. Their second album, 1996's Razorblade Suitcase, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and they've released five more since then. Their upcoming new record will likely be out sometime by the end of the year, which Rossdale says will "devastate people" with its heaviness.
"The whole record is really heavy," the vocalists confirms. "I decided to make a really heavy record. The last record I made was a bit more commercially minded because for whatever reason, I wanted to do that. But this time I was playing so many live shows and all these heavy metal festivals." The record is co-produced by Tyler Bates, who's played guitar with Marilyn Manson.
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