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Bush
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Bush performing in Texas in 2011
Background information
Also known as Bushx, Future Primitive
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active 1992–2002, 2010–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.bushofficial.com
Members
Past members

Bush are a British rock band formed in London, England in 1992. Their current lineup includes lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale, lead guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz, and drummer Robin Goodridge.

Bush found their immediate success with the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994, which is certified 6× multi-platinum by the RIAA.[1] They went on to become one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1990s, selling over 10 million records in the United States. Despite their success in the United States, the band were less well known in their home country and enjoyed only marginal success there.[2] Bush have had numerous top ten singles on the Billboard rock charts,[3] and one No. 1 album for Razorblade Suitcase in 1996.[4] The band broke up in 2002 but reformed in 2010, and have released two more albums since then: The Sea of Memories (2011) and Man on the Run (2014). Their seventh studio album, Black and White Rainbows, is scheduled for release on 10 March 2017.[5]

History[edit]

Formation and Sixteen Stone (1992–95)[edit]

After leaving his band Midnight, Gavin Rossdale met former King Blank guitarist Nigel Pulsford in 1992. The two bonded over an appreciation of the American alternative rock group the Pixies. The two formed a new band which they called Future Primitive. Describing the early sound of the group, one British record label executive said years later, "They weren't what they are today – they were a little like the more commercial side of INXS".[6] The pair then recruited bassist Dave Parsons and drummer Robin Goodridge to complete the line-up. The group soon chose the name "Bush", naming themselves after Shepherd's Bush, London, where the band members used to live.

Bush, 2001. L-R: Nigel Pulsford, Robin Goodridge, Gavin Rossdale, and Dave Parsons

In 1993, the band was signed by Rob Kahane, who had a distribution deal with Disney's Hollywood Records. The band completed recording its debut album Sixteen Stone in early 1994. However, the death of Disney executive Frank G. Wells eliminated a supporter for Kahane, and executives at Hollywood deemed Bush's album unacceptable for release. As a result, the members of Bush took jobs performing menial labour. Interscope Records ultimately decided to release the album, and at the end of 1994, Kahane sent an advance copy of the album to a friend at influential Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM, which added the song "Everything Zen" to its rotation.[6] On the Billboard Music Charts (North America), Sixteen Stone peaked at No. 4 on the Heatseekers and Billboard 200 charts. The album spawned two Top 40 singles. After about six months of promotion for Sixteen Stone, the album began to sell wildly, once "Comedown" and "Glycerine" struck America. Additionally, "Little Things" and "Machinehead" both charted well in North America.

Razorblade Suitcase (1996–98)[edit]

In late 1996 Bush released the first single "Swallowed" from their second album titled Razorblade Suitcase. The song spent seven weeks on top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart. This was followed by single "Greedy Fly". The album hit number 1 in America and placed high in many European countries. Razorblade Suitcase featured Steve Albini as the audio engineer, a move which was criticised by critics. Albini had worked with Nirvana on their final studio album, In Utero, 3 years before.

Bush later released the remix album Deconstructed. The album saw Bush re-arranging their songs into dance and techno stylings. The album went platinum less than a year after release.

The Science of Things (1999–2000)[edit]

Following the completion of touring, Rossdale went into seclusion in Ireland, where he worked on material for the group's next album. Rossdale periodically sent demo tapes of his works in progress to his bandmates. The group finally convened to record in London in August 1998, where the band reteamed with Sixteen Stone producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.[7]

The release of The Science of Things was held up by a court battle between the band and Trauma Records. The case was settled in early 1999 and the album was finally released that October.[8] The Science of Things was a major departure in several forms from Bush's first two albums. Like the multi-platinum successes of Bush's first two albums, this album also reached platinum status. Also, while the band's previous albums were strongly influenced by grunge, The Science of Things featured some electronic music influences in addition to the sound defined by Bush's earlier work. For example, although lead single "The Chemicals Between Us" had a prominent guitar riff, it also had many electronic elements usually found in dance music. Although the album had a few hit songs, it failed to chart within the top 10. The band's performance at Woodstock '99, however, helped The Science of Things achieve platinum status despite its slow start.

Three singles were released from The Science of Things, most notably "The Chemicals Between Us", which spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and peaked at No. 67 on the US Hot 100."Warm Machine" was the second single released. "Letting the Cables Sleep," the third single, reached No. 4 on the Modern Rock Tracks and also received considerable airplay.

Golden State and break-up (2001–02)[edit]

In October 2001, now on the Atlantic Records record label, Bush released its next album, Golden State. While the album attempted to return to the simple, catchy sound of the band's debut, it failed to achieve the same commercial success as the band's previous releases. Several singles were released, most notably the hit "The People That We Love (Speed Kills)", but none were mainstream successes. The album was the band's least successful, selling only 380,000 copies in the US. "The People That We Love (Speed Kills)" was used in the game Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2.

In January 2002, Pulsford retired after the release of Golden State to spend more time with his family. Chris Traynor filled in for him for the subsequent tour, which would turn out to be Bush's last for 8 years.

Due to declining record sales and a lack of support from Atlantic Records, Bush disbanded in 2002. In 2005, a greatest hits album called The Best of: 1994-1999 and a live album called Zen X Four were released.

Post-breakup (2003–2010)[edit]

Current guitarist Chris Traynor performing with Bush in 2016.

Gavin Rossdale formed a new band, Institute, in 2004, serving as their lead vocalist and guitarist, just as in Bush. Chris Traynor also joined the band, as lead guitarist. In addition to playing in Institute, Traynor also joined the reunited metal band Helmet in 2004 on bass; he quit the band in 2006. Institute released one album, Distort Yourself, but failed to achieve much commercial success in spite of opening for U2's Vertigo Tour at some shows. Institute broke up in 2006 and Rossdale then embarked on a solo career. In 2007, he covered the John Lennon song "Mind Games" for the Lennon tribute album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. His first solo album, Wanderlust, supported by leading single "Love Remains the Same", was released in June 2008.

Rossdale also ventured into the world of acting, appearing in the films Zoolander, Little Black Book, The Game of Their Lives, Constantine, How to Rob a Bank and others.

Robin Goodridge recorded with the British rock band Elyss in 2004, although they have not released any new material since. In 2006, Goodridge began drumming for indie rock band Spear of Destiny, and appeared on their 2007 album, Imperial Prototype. During the summer of 2008, he toured the UK with British rock band Stone Gods after their current drummer Ed Graham reportedly fell ill. On 29 July it was announced that Graham had left the band and on 6 October 2008, the band's website announced that Goodridge had joined the band.

Nigel Pulsford has spent most of his time since leaving Bush raising his children with his wife.

In an interview with Blender, Gavin Rossdale admitted that the likelihood of a Bush reunion was "very high". He then added "quite high,"[9] In a November 2008 interview, Rossdale revealed that he had tried to contact the other members of Bush, "I reached out to them."

Reunion and The Sea of Memories (2010–13)[edit]

On 22 June 2010, it was announced that Bush would play their first show in eight years at the second-annual Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana, California on 25 September 2010. A new album, then-titled Everything Always Now, was also announced as well as a new single "Afterlife".

Founding members Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons both decided not to rejoin the band, with Rossdale stating:

Pulsford's and Parsons' successors were Chris Traynor and Corey Britz respectively. Traynor had also stood in for Pulsford during the Golden State tour. The new line up played seven shows in 2010, performing songs from Bush's previous four albums as well as a new song, "Afterlife".[11]

Gavin announced on radio that their new album had been named The Sea of Memories and was released in September and managed to peak at No. 18 on the Billboard Top 200. The first single of the album, "The Sound of Winter" was released in July 2011 and reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[12]

On 19 November 2011, Bush performed a live set for "Guitar Center Sessions" on DirecTV. The episode included an interview with program host, Nic Harcourt.[13]

Their song Into The Blue was featured on The Avengers soundtrack album released on 1 May 2012.

They toured with Nickelback on their Here and Now Tour.

Man on the Run (2014–16)[edit]

On 26 March 2014, it was reported that Bush had begun recording their sixth studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz.[14] Gavin Rossdale announced on 18 August 2014 that the new album, Man on the Run, was available for pre-order in both digital and deluxe edition CD form.[15] A day later, the band revealed that the lead single from the album would be "The Only Way Out".[16] In November 2014, the band announced tour dates for the early months of 2015 beginning January 30 [17]

In June 2016, Bush released a music video for the new song "People At War".[18]

Black and White Rainbows (2017–present)[edit]

In January 2017, it was reported that Bush had mastered and completed work on their seventh studio album.[19]

On 6 February 2017, the band announced the title, release date of 10 March 2017, and track listing for their seventh studio album, Black and White Rainbows. The lead single from the album, "Mad Love", was released the same day.[5]

Musical style[edit]

Bush stage before playing 8-17-2011 Austin, TX

Bush have been described as post-grunge,[20][21][22] grunge,[23][24] alternative rock,[25] and hard rock.[26] One of the first bands to be described as post-grunge, Bush were labeled almost pejoratively as post-grunge.[27] Matt Diehl of Rolling Stone described Bush as "the most successful and shameless mimics of Nirvana's music".[28] In the book Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota, Chuck Klosterman wrote, "Bush was a good band who just happened to signal the beginning of the end; ultimately, they would became the grunge Warrant".[29] In the book Accidental Revolution: The Story of Grunge, Kyle Anderson wrote about Bush's album Sixteen Stone, writing:

"The twelve songs on Sixteen Stone sound exactly like what grunge is supposed to sound like, while the whole point of grunge was that it didn't really sound like anything, including itself. Just consider how many different bands and styles of music have been shoved under the "grunge" header in this discography alone, and you realize that grunge is probably the most ill-defined genre of music in history."[30]

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Gavin Rossdale – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1992–2002, 2010–present)
  • Chris Traynor – lead guitar (2002, 2010–present),
  • Corey Britz – bass, backing vocals (2010–present)
  • Robin Goodridge – drums (1992–2002, 2010–present)

Former members

Touring members
  • Sacha Puttnam – keyboards, backing vocals (2002)
  • Sibyl Buck – bass (2012, 2013)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Bush discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

American Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1997 Bush Favorite Alternative Group Nominated
1998 Bush Favorite Alternative Group Won

Grammy Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1998 "Swallowed" Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1996 "Glycerine" Viewer's Choice Won
1996 "Glycerine" Best Alternative Video Nominated
1996 "Machinehead" Best Video From a Movie Nominated

MTV Movie Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1997 "Machinehead" Best Song From a Movie Won

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA Certification (requires search). RIAA.com Retrieved 28 August 2010
  2. ^ Albums of the week, at Entertainment.uk
  3. ^ "Bush Billboard Singles Chart". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bush Billboard Album Chart". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "BUSH To Release 'Black And White Rainbows' Album In March". blabbermouth.net. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-02-06. 
  6. ^ a b Daly, Steven. "Nirvanawannabes". Rolling Stone. 18 April 1996. Retrieved on 14 July 2009.
  7. ^ Uhelzski, Jaan. "Beating Around the Bush". Rolling Stone. 17 November 1998. Retrieved on 14 July 2009.
  8. ^ Eliscu, Jenny. "Bush's Wait Problem". Rolling Stone. 6 August 1999. Retrieved on 14 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Blogs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  10. ^ "Gavin Rossdale: Interview | Spin Magazine". Bush-music.com. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  11. ^ "Bush". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  12. ^ "Bush Back Atop Alternative Songs With Self-Released 'The Sound of Winter'". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  13. ^ Guitar Center Sessions with host Nic Harcourt Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Bush Recording New Album With Producer Nick Raskulinecz". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  15. ^ "Bush: The New Album". pledgemusic.com. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  16. ^ "Excited to Announce Album and Single Date". twitter.com. 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  17. ^ "Bush: The Tour Dates". axs.com. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2014-11-18. 
  18. ^ "BUSH Honors World Refugee Day With 'People At War' Video". blabbermouth.net. 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  19. ^ "BUSH Completes Work On New Album". blabbermouth.net. 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  20. ^ "Post-Grunge". AllMusic. 
  21. ^ Goodman, William (July 29, 2010). "Q&A: Gavin Rossdale to Reunite Bush". Spin. 
  22. ^ Steininger, Adam (August 23, 2013). "The 10 Worst Post-Grunge Bands". LA Weekly. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  23. ^ Brackett & Hoard 2004, p. 122.
  24. ^ "Sixteen Stone by Bush on MSN Music". Music.msn.com. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  25. ^ Hyden, Steven (December 14, 2010). "Part 6: 1995: Live, Bush, and Alanis Morissette take the pop path". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  26. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Bush - The Science of Things". Allmusic. Retrieved July 1, 2015. 
  27. ^ Grierson, Tim. "The History of Post-Grunge Rock". About.com. 
  28. ^ Diehl, Matt (November 13, 1996). "Bush: Razorblade Suitcase". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 16, 2007. 
  29. ^ Klosterman 2007, p. 240.
  30. ^ Anderson 2007, p. 207.

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