It's been a long time coming since 2001's Rock Steady, but No Doubt, the multi-platinum band that well known in the 90s for their mix of ska sounds with alternative rock and punk, is back with their first visual in over a decade for their new track, “Settle Down,” the lead single from the band upcoming sixth studio album, Push and Shove, due out on September 25, 2012
No Doubt, formed in 1986 in California, the band, Tom Dumont on guitars, Tony Kanal on bass and Adrian Young on led by Gwen Stefani on vocals said in an interview that it's “just about being overwhelmed by so much going on and how to balance all of it.”
The comeback clip shows they haven't lost a step in their decade away from the spotlight. “We tried to do something that resembled different parts of the world rather than a specific place,” Stefani said. Although there's a joyous atmosphere throughout, Muller said she tried to portray the uncertainty in Stefani's lyrics, “Lyrically it's not really a party song. It's got a real emotional desire to get through something. You have a combination of this party feel with her struggle to be able to express herself.”
Gwen Stefani, has admitted the band used the experience of becoming responsible adults with families as inspiration during the songwriting process. She said: “I hate talking about what the songs are about because I feel like I already put so much into the song, of myself. “But I think that song, and a lot of the record, is just about being overwhelmed by so much going on and how to balance all of it. That'd be a good way of summing it up.”
And the video certainly gives the impression of an outfit who are excited to be back together, with the members hugging each other on camera at one point during the song. Drummer Adrian Young said it was bizarre going from being a dedicated parent to playing in a marquee act again, and that he had even forgotten how popular they were during his time away from the stage. He said: 'As the attention goes back to No Doubt and less on being a suburban father, that's when I realize, “Oh wow, I'm in this pretty huge band.” Even while they have been away the four piece have been busy.
The band's new single released on July 16, 2012 with a video directed by former Blur and Annie Lennox collaborator Sophie Muller, followed by an album, Push and Shove, on September 25, 2012.
The band also will perform “Settle Down” on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 26, 2012, their first TV performance in almost a decade.
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