No Doubt is ramping up for the release of their first album in eleven years and are taking fans behind the scenes in a series of webisodes documenting the making of the set, the first of which was premiered by the band yesterday on its website.
“Over the past few months, Gwen, Tony, Tom and Adrian have been recording together and filming the process at producer Spike Stent’s studio in Santa Monica, California,” the band writes in the introductory post.
The album is actually years in the making. The band began initial work on the record in March 2008, after Gwen Stefani wrapped the tour behind her second solo album, The Sweet Escape. Songwriting on the effort reportedly got off to a slow start because, according to a post from Stefani, she was distracted by her second pregnancy, and was delayed further when the band, energized by being in the studio together for the first time since the sessions behind 2001’s Rock Steady hit the road in 2009 for a massively successful greatest hits tour.
The band spent the majority of 2010 quietly cutting demos in Kanal’s studio in personal studio in Hollywood before joining Stent at his studio in early 2011 to officially begin tracking the effort. Progress has been slow but steady since then, and the band has been waiting for the right time to release the album. That time, it seems, is September 25.
In the webisode below, we see the recording process behind the song “Push & Shove.” It’s a really interesting look at the inner working of a functioning band (I feel like we’re too used to hearing stories about bands at war and backstage battles) who seem really pleased to be creating together again.
Welcome back, No Doubt. We’re thrilled to hear (literally) that things sound better than ever.