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Bush, the seminal ‘90s alternative band, has recently reunited and recorded a new album.
Although the group returns with only two of their original members – frontman Gavin Rossdale and drummer Robin Goodridge for anyone keeping track – they have brought back the grungy ‘90s songs that catapulted their classic albums “Sixteen Stone” and “The Science of Things” to success.
The group’s new album is called “The Sea of Memories,” and Bush has launched a nationwide tour in support of it. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, that tour stops in the Rio Grande Valley at the Pharr Events Center. Filter and Chevelle will open the show.
But what is the group going to do without its original guitarist and bassist?
Easy – they found talented musicians to replace them, musicians such as Chris Traynor on guitar. Amid the tour, Traynor took some time out to answer some questions.
WITH: Filter, Chevelle
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25; doors open at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr
COST: Tickets start at $33
BUY TICKETS: www.ticketmaster.com or the Pharr Events Center Box Office
Q: Tell me about your musical background before you joined Bush…
A: I started my own post-hardcore band, Orange 9mm, in NYC in the early ‘90's. We got a record deal and some critical acclaim, but didn't last very long as a creative unit. I joined Helmet soon after and played with them for about 10 years.
Q: How did you end up joining Bush?
A: I played guitar for Bush on the “Golden State” record for the better part of a year. I’ve been making and performing music with Gavin ever since. We've been working together for about 10 years at this point. We had a huge hit with "Love Remains The Same" off of Gavin's “Wanderlust” record, and we were working on the follow-up to that when the opportunity to reform Bush came about. It was really a very logical and organic progression.
Q: Can you tell me about Bush’s new album “The Sea of Memories?” How is the album different from the band’s previous releases? And what has fan reaction been like?
A: Every Bush record has had a unique flavor. “Sixteen Stone” sounds different than “The Science Of Things.” I think this record has a taste of classic Bush without sounding too nostalgic. The first single "The Sound Of Winter" has been really well received, topping alternative radio charts across the country.
Q: What was the writing and recording process like?
A: It's the second record that Gavin and I have done with producer Bob Rock, so it felt very relaxed and organic. We did a lot of tracking in Gavin's home studio and there was a real familial vibe about the whole process.
Q: How has the tour been going so far?
A: The tour has been so amazing. The crowd reaction and reviews have been so overwhelmingly positive and energetic, and I am so thankful to all of our fans for their support. Chevelle and Filter have been great guys to hang and perform with.
Q: What’s it like to play older Bush songs with Gavin and Robin?
A: I have been playing those songs live for about 10 years now, so the material feels very comfortable to me at this point. It's an honor and a privilege to play in a band with such an amazing back catalogue.
Q: Were you a fan of the band before joining?
A: Truthfully, I wasn't all too familiar with their material before I started working with them on the Golden State tour.
Q: What’s one currently defunct band you’d like to see reunite?
Q: What’s your favorite Bush song and why?
A: “All My Life.” It's tough as nails, the lyrical content is inspiring, and there's a double solo in it.
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