The band that made its name in the 1990s, No Doubt, is making a comeback after revealing that their long-awaited sixth album will be titled “Push and Shove” with its first single, “Settle Down,” to be available in July.
The news of No Doubt’s return to the stage comes after last week’s announcement of the band’s upcoming set of live performances in support of the album: at the Teen Choice Awards, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series, all in July.
The amazing thing about this band is how Gwen Stefani showed up singing with her trademark abs and her energetic onstage performance after having two kids. In other words, the change in her personal lifestyle hasn’t changed the band’s performance. In fact, Stefani sounds better, and we could be witnessing a huge comeback like no other imagined.
Over the band’s two-decade-plus career, No Doubt has been alternately a ska outfit, a new wave quartet, dancehall dabblers, and Hot 100-topping stadium fillers. And from what the band has been tweeting, it sounds like Push and Shove, which hits stores Sept. 25, will have all those bases covered. When a fan asked on Twitter if they were “bringing back the ska sound or going electro-dance,” guitarist Tom Dumont replied, “ska reggae dance rock electro anthem ballads, all of it!”
Clips of the album’s title track, “Push and Shove,” debuted in a behind-the-scenes webisode in early May, and a quick listen clarifies why the band chose that song to introduce their first studio album since 2001’s Rock Steady.
The song erupts into a chorus that takes its cues from No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom days, but its influences skew toward the group’s more recent output: The track feels like a 2012 update of “Hey Baby,” and the four-to-the-floor beat wouldn’t have been out of place on Stefani’s solo albums either. The song, which features Jamaican artist Busy Signal, is a collaboration with dancehall duo Major Lazer, whose co-mastermind Diplo first spilled the beans a few days ago that “Settle Down” was the first single. The video also shows the band working on the song with Mark “Spike” Stent, who worked on Rock Steady.
Just how popular the band will be is another question, but July is around the corner and the new single is already getting the attention.