No Doubt’s Tony Kanal: Writing Hits Is Even Harder With So Many Kids Everywhere

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When OC pop-rock icons No Doubt recorded their last album, the smash 2001 release Rock Steady, only drummer Adrian Young was married and none of the band members had children. Eleven years later and on the verge of finally revealing their sixth studio album, Push and Shove (due September 25) all four members are married and have eight kids between them. Not exactly the most conducive lifestyle for creating hot new party music.

“Especially for Gwen (Stefani) being a mom with two boys, you’re somewhat limited in studio hours that you can keep,” said Tony Kanal, No Doubt’s bass player in conversation with KROQ morning team Kevin & Bean. “When we made Rock Steady, we’d be in the studio all day, we’d go out and party all night. It was fueling and inspiring us. It was a different way of writing a record. This time, we’d get together about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, so that way we could spend the whole day with our kids.”

Making the most of the time the No Doubt could spend in the studio writing and producing Push and Shove, they made a deliberate point of not rushing the process, no matter how long it took to get to the final result.

“We’re not the kind of band that can go in the studio and write a hit song in a day. It doesn’t work like that for us,” Kanal explained. “It takes us some time to craft our music. We have to get out there on stage and play these songs. At the end of the day, we’ve done this long enough to know that if you’re not happy with the songs, something’s not going to connect.”

Listen to the entire interview with Tony Kanal here:

While No Doubt fans continue counting the days until the release of Push and Shove, the band is set to perform as part of the annual season-starting NFL Kickoff game on Wednesday, September 5, alongside Mariah Carey.

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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