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No Doubt’s favorite pre-Tragic Kingdom poll, Tom interview…

From the official:

“No Doubt headed back into rehearsals this week to get ready for their upcoming shows at The Gibson Amphitheatre. As the band puts their set list together they want to know your favorite pre-Tragic Kingdom song.

Vote for your favorite song from the band’s first two studio albums using the steps below:

1.) Twitter – Use #NoDoubt and any of the following hash tags to vote for your favorite song from the band’s first studio album No Doubt.

#BND #BigCityTrain
#LetsGetBack #TrappedInABox
#Ache #Sometimes
#GetOnTheBall #Sinking
#MoveOn #ALittleSomethingRefreshing
#SadForMe #Paulina
#Doormat #BrandNewDay

2,) Facebook – Vote for your favorite song from The Beacon Street Collection in the poll right here.”

Tom tweeted about a new interview he did for GrindTV:

“The Inside Scoop with Tom Dumont of No Doubt
By: Kat Hoffman

There should be No Doubt that you’ve heard of him–he plays guitar in one of the world’s most notoriously famous, female fronted, punk-rock-ska bands; he is a husband, a father of three, and when he has the time, he likes to indulge in some surfing and standup paddling. (That is, if his kids don’t have a game.)

We got a chance to speak with Tom about the recent drop of No Doubt’s newest album, “Push and Shove.” Here is what the modest kid-from-Anaheim/rock-star/family-man/waterman had to say:

What have you been doing with yourself?

I’ve been working mostly on the new No Doubt album, “Push And Shove,” these past few years. Right now the band is traveling in Europe, performing the new songs and promoting the album. As a side project, I’ve been co-designing a new guitar model with Grover Jackson, who builds his custom line of “GJ2Guitars” in his shop in Laguna Beach, California.

Was it hard to get back as a group and start jamming after a break of 11 years in the studio with your No Doubt comrades?

Even though it has been 11 years between studio albums for No Doubt, the actual break lasted about three years; we still toured and wrote and recorded songs for many of those years. I also got married and started having kids over the course of those years.

In addition I produced two albums for Matt Costa, and composed the film soundtrack for the documentary “The Providence Effect.”

What are your favorite songs or moments of creating the album “Push And Shove”?

We worked really hard on this album, and there were many days where we had these little breakthroughs. … The album is a menagerie of those little magical moments that happened over the course of the three years it took to make.

Major Lazer/Diplo also contributed to this album, correct? What was that collaboration like? And how did it affect the sound of the album?

Major Lazer came to us with an amazing intro of a track that would eventually become “Push And Shove.” They had gone down to Jamaica and recorded these great verses with Busy Signal, and we wrote the choruses and bridge. Gwen (Stefani) had to figure out how to relate her life to Busy’s lyrics and indeed they found some common ground. This song is like a roller coaster and has probably the most old-school ska beat that we’ve ever recorded, contrasted with these epic dub-step inspired choruses.

Will there be a full-blown tour?

Yes. We all feel most at home as a band and on stage and can’t wait to hit the road again. We’re hoping to be out there next year–gotta figure out how to balance that and letting our kids finish the school year!

How do you usually like to spend your free time as far as extra activities go?

These days my time away from the band is primarily spent trying to be a good dad. I have three boys so it’s lots of playing imaginary super heroes, playing soccer with them, and swimming–and now a little surfing and SUP boarding. I’m a waterman at heart, so that’s the focus of my non-music time.

Describe your perfect day…

Breakfast with my family, a day at the beach with my boys, and playing music with my No Doubt band-mates at night. I’m planning to have at least six of those days coming up in November and December when No Doubt plays shows at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles!

Three things you never leave home without…

Wallet, keys, phone. But if I’m in rock-star mode–leather jacket, eyeliner, guitar picks. LOL.

What would you like to see happen in the next 11 years, or where would you like to see yourself?

I’d love to just keep on doing what I get to do now–hang with my wife and kids, surf and sail more, plus of course play music with my friends Tony, Adrian, and Gwen in No Doubt from time to time. I also have some philanthropic projects in mind, and I plan to spend more time volunteering in the coming years.

Thank you so much for taking the time Tom, looking forward to seeing you guys live again!

My pleasure!”

OC Weekly has posted a “Top 25 Greatest Orange County Bands of All Time” list, and No Doubt is #2, which is awesome!  Of course,  #1 would have been ideal, but I can totally respect Social D taking that spot.  It’s awesome to me to see ND and Social D next to each other, on top of this countdown!  :)

“You either love the fact that No Doubt is on this list or you absolutely hate it–a good sign that no matter what they’ve earned their place here. You’d be hard pressed to find someone in OC who doesn’t have an opinion about Anaheim’s quirky, ska-nerds-turned-pop-royalty. We at the Weekly most certainly been torn over the legacy of ageless bombshell vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young. We’ve lauded their success, lamented over the extinction of their brass section and scratched our heads at their stylistic left turns in the studio that paid off with great commercial success.And even though 1995’s The Beacon Street Collection and 2012’s Push and Shove sound worlds apart, the amount of influence they’ve on the pop culture landscape in between those albums is incalculable. The radio success of their landmark album Tragic Kingdom continues to define the explosive strength of our local music scene and is indelibly tied to it, even after the band became rock darlings on a global scale.”

Virgin France has posted audio of their interview with No Doubt, as well as a video of their awesome acoustic performance of “Looking Hot”! :

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