26 September 2023

More Than Machines

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Reviewed by Ian Phillips.

By Bush, BMG 2022.

British band, Bush are set to release their ninth studio album, The Art of Survival, the first since 2020’s critically acclaimed The Kingdom in the coming weeks.

The first single to be lifted from The Art of Survival is More Than Machines and it unites three topics that are currently being discussed world-wide; the Wade Vs Roe decision in the USA and its removal of women’s reproductive rights, the destruction of the planet due to unfettered growth leading to climate change, and artificial intelligence and its impact on all of our futures.

Bush are one of the biggest bands of the last 30 years having sold over 20 million records and amassed more than 1 billion streams.

They’ve won a slew of awards including a Grammy Nomination, racked up a string of Billboard Top 10 singles, and their albums have followed suit.

So far, they have clocked up 23 straight Top 40 hits on the American Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts.

Their music has also appeared in film, particularly in the John Wick franchise, and they regularly fill stadiums.

They’re fixtures on the festival circuit.

The Art of Survival was written and recorded this year with producer Erik Ron (Panic At The Disco) who worked with the band on The Kingdom.

In addition to this they have also teamed with film composer and musician/producer Tyler Bates (300, Guardian of the Galaxy) on two tracks.

More Than Machines is Bush at their best, it’s hard hitting and hypnotic with that unmistakable smear of grunge that the band is well-known for.

Lead singer Gavin Rossdale commented that the album presents a positive view for our future.

“Instead of being mournful or self-piteous, this album is about the success stories of humanity’s survival against the odds.”

More Than Machines is a good track and it’s got me hanging out for the album.

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