No Doubt close to completing new album sessions

Band team up with Madonna producer Mark 'Spike' Stent for 'Rock Steady' follow-up

No Doubt have said they are close to completing their forthcoming album – their first since 2001’s ‘Rock Steady’.

The band have teamed with Mark ‘Spike’ Stent – who has previously worked with Madonna – for their new record, which is expected to be wrapped up in two months.

They have been working on the record since 2008 but took a break after singer Gwen Stefani became pregnant. The band have spent the bulk of 2011 recording nine tracks at Stent‘s Santa Monica studio.

“It’s so exciting to have a record coming out,” Stefani told Rolling Stone. “And we all want the same thing: for it to be modern and catchy and addictive. Once you make music that connects with people, it’s like you taste blood — you can’t go back.”


After recording two solo albums – 2004’s ‘Love. Angel. Music. Baby’ and 2006’s ‘The Sweet Escape’, Stefani has admitted it felt right to come back to the band.

“I had gone on my tortured journey of working with outside songwriters,” she said. “I would throw up if someone made me do that again.”

“Writing with other people is a learning experience,” bassist Tony Kanal added. “But when you come back, and you’re sitting in a room together, it feels like home.”

Tracks slated for inclusion on the record include ‘One More Summer’ and ‘Settle Down’.