Out Now: Bush Returns with Focused, Thematically Heavy New Album, ‘The Art of Survival’ (Listen)

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Bush, the long-running alt/rock band fronted by Gavin Rossdale, just doesn’t rest.

After spending the past few weeks on a big tour supporting Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin, the band unleashed its ninth studio album, The Art of Survival, on Oct. 7. In the works for a while, the record was first previewed with the dynamic and lyrically focused “More Than Machines”:

“This is an action-packed song with three really big topics,” explained Rossdale of the song. “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.”

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The 12 songs that make up The Art of Survival find Rossdale assuming that familiar spot as the band’s focal point, delivering his passionate pleas for peace amid a world very caught up anything but. Or, as a news release lays it out:

The Art Of Survival encompasses the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of trial and tribulations as the band’s own enduring place as rock outliers. Songs such as “Kiss Me I’m Dead” and “Gunfight” represent the horrors that’s going on in this country, while “Identity,” “Shark Bite,” and “Creatures of The Fire” captures the strength of people during these dark times.

“Instead of being mournful or self-piteous, this is about the success stories of humanity’s survival against the odds,” added Rossdale of the impetus behind The Art of Survival. “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.”

It’s a heavy listen, as these stated themes may suggest — but it’s worth exploring for anyone who’s ever been struck by Rossdale’s charismatic approach and earnest songwriting style.

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