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No Doubt Await Stefani’s Return

No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young are ready to channel Gwen Stefani’s incessant ideas for the band’s forthcoming album and first since 2001’s Rock Steady. “We have a lot of instrumentals looking for words,” Dumont told “Tony, Adrian, and I have been busy preparing material for the album since this time last year.”

But there’s one barrier hindering the band’s progress: Stefani. The girlie-girl fashion forward vocalist is currently touring behind her latest solo album The Sweet Escape and will be on the road until late October. But to log headway, Kanal may meet with Stefani on tour to work on material for the new album and hopefully log some recording time in between her tour stops. “Gwen has a busy world tour all year, so obviously most of our writing this year would happen either separately or during a few off days here and there,” Dumont said.

“This break has been good for everyone,” the guitarist said of the band’s five-year hiatus. “We had been together as a band nonstop for so long that it was healthy for us to all stand on our own two feet, so to speak. In the past four years, I bought a house, got married and made a baby, so [I] pretty much grew up and returned to normal life outside of the rock stardom which dominated my 20s.”

And it appears at least Dumont’s time away has affected the band’s fresh material. “We’ve written so much stuff that covers so much ground that it’s hard to say what sounds will win out in the end,” Dumont said of the culled, eclectic tunes. Furthermore, the ska-tinged axeman confirms that fans shouldn’t get too excited; the album — due to Stefani’s absence — likely won’t see light of day until fall 2008. We’re anxiously waiting.

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