Can one postpone something that was never scheduled in the first place? It may sound like a philosophical prompt, but it’s actually No Doubt’s latest announcement.
In a message on their official Facebook page, the Gwen Stefani-fronted band announced that they’ll be heading back into the studio this year for the follow-up to 2012’s Push and Shove, the comeback album that ended their 11-year silence.
“We have decided to follow our muse for the time being and focus on this new music that we don’t want to stop,” the post read. “So, we will be postponing our tour plans briefly while we endeavor to create something special and inspired.”
As a few observers have pointed out, No Doubt did not have any publicly announced live dates prior to the statement, and, all told, only played a handful of shows to promote Push and Shove, an album that was met with lukewarm critical and commercial reception.
So, it seems a regroup might be a good thing for the band. Read on to see the full message from No Doubt’s Facebook page:
Greetings from the studio in Los Angeles…Yes, that’s right, the studio!
While we were traveling the world last year promoting Push And Shove, Gwen mentioned she was inspired to write new music. In December, around the time of our hometown shows, we discussed the idea of starting 2013 by getting back into the studio together. We did so in January and the new music started flowing with unexpected ease. After spending three years recording the last album, this new pace feels incredibly exciting.
We have decided to follow our muse for the time being and focus on this new music that we don’t want to stop. So, we will be postponing our tour plans briefly while we endeavor to create something special and inspired. Our goal as a band is to share this new music with you as quickly as possible — both recorded and live on tour.
As always, thank you all for your kind words, incredible support and patience. We promise to keep you updated with photos and videos from the studio, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram to get the latest updates. We will see you soon!
Gwen, Tony, Tom, Adrian