Gavin Rossdale & Bush Get Loud with New Song “Heavy is the Ocean”; New LP Out 10/7 (Pre-Order)

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“This fuckery could be the death of us,” sings an impassioned Gavin Rossdale on “Heavy is the Ocean,” a new song he and his band Bush debuted this week.

A preview of a new album titled The Art of Survival, this one combines a steady, creeping rhythm, powerful guitar riffs and Rossdale’s ever-commanding vocals into one of the band‘s most compelling songs in a while:

The song opens the album with authority. Per a news release, “As soon as Gavin Rossdale heard the riff he said, ‘Oh Lord, this is going to open the record. It really sets the tone and the gravitas of the album. I love the power of the ocean. It’s mesmerizing to me. It feeds your soul. The song uses the imagery I love. At this point, I’m chained at the zoo of rock! So, I was like, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to turn that puppy up. This one definitely represents The Art of Survival.’

The Art of Survival will be released on Oct. 7.

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The charged and thematically focused “More Than Machines” was the first song shared to preview the album:

“This is an action-packed song with three really big topics,” explained Rossdale. “Off the bat, I don’t understand how anyone has the audacity to get involved or assume responsibility for women’s bodies. I wanted to reference that because it’s important to discuss. As much as the song is about the destruction of women’s rights, it’s about the destruction of the planet and the move for A.I. and a world of robots to replace us. It’s a topic we’ve heard since the fifties. I’m not here to teach anything though; my job is medieval like a town crier. I come into town with my elixirs and sing about it, so it hopefully goes out into the universe.”

As for the scope of The Art of Survival as a whole, which follows 2020’s The Kingdom:

“Instead of being mournful or self-piteous, this is about the success stories of humanity’s survival against the odds. People just find a way to push through. We’ve all obviously suffered in varying degrees. I think the nature of life is the art of survival. Everyone is being tested all of the time, but we find a way. In recent memory, we’ve made major strides and shown great resilience in the face of war, endless instances of racism, gender politics, a pandemic, and a melting pot of what we’ve experienced. For me, The Art of Survival encompasses all of this.”

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The track listing:

Heavy Is The Ocean
Slow Me
More Than Machines
May Your Love Be Pure
Shark Bite
Human Sand
Kiss Me I’m Dead
Creatures of the Fire
Judas Is A Riot
1000 Years

Bush has some dates remaining on its tour with Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin. The schedule:

Wed Sep 21 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Fri Sep 23 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
Tue Sep 27 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Wed Sep 28 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 30 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sat Oct 1 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Tue Oct 4 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Wed Oct 5 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Fri Oct  7 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sat Oct 8 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

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