Bush: Still Relevant in 2014


Bush: Still Relevant in 2014

by Lindsay Hahn


Bush was a popular grunge band from the early 90s to early 2000s. Their well known hits include “Glycerine,” “Comedown,” and “Machinehead,” all from their debut album Sixteen Stone. They had extreme success with this album, which went six times platinum, but their following albums never quite reached the same level of success. This lack of record success and sales caused Bush to split in 2002.

In 2010, Bush reunited to perform and make new music, but they only had two of the four original members. Lead singer and guitarist Gavin Rossdale returned along with drummer Robin Goodridge, and guitarist Chris Traynor and bassist Corey Britz were recruited to join the band. In September 2011, they released their first album after the eight-year hiatus, The Sea of Memories.  Two of my personal favorites from this LP are “The Sound of Winter” and “Baby Come Home,” which have a more alternative rock sound when compared to usual grunge sounds from Bush.

Their sixth (second since reforming) album, Man on the Run, was released in October of this year and features the single, “The Only Way Out.” When I first heard “The Only Way Out,” I thought it was a cool song but was unsure if I was going to buy it. The next day I found myself humming the catchy tune and knew this song was going to jump into my playlist. It features hard-hitting drumming, catchy hooks, and a more alternative sound.

The music video for “The Only Way Out” is also creative and a little trippy. It shows a scene in reverse. Then, half way through the video, it flips to show the scene in real time. The scene has Gavin Rossdale carrying a TV with his face while what looks like a hospital is blowing up around him. The reverse to real time is a really cool creative choice from the video’s director, Jesse Davey.

Bush has been putting out music for about 16 years now, and they are still rockin’. They’re a band that has been able to evolve to fit the demand for alternate music while still staying true to their grunge roots. Their sound now isn’t quite the same as it was in the 90s, but the music people are listening to now isn’t the same either. Bush has been able to adapt and produce music that pleases old fans and brings in new ones. People are drawn to good music with catchy choruses, and that is what Bush is offering. I know I’ve got “The Only Way Out” stuck in my head after writing this article.


Check out the music video for “The Only Way Out”: