Dystopia
by Bush

Album: Black And White Rainbows (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • This thumping, dark track finds Gavin Rossdale referencing an undesirable, dysfunctional society. It is one of a number of Black and White Rainbows tracks on he which he reflects on contemporary culture.

    "I wanted to write a record about what it's like coming out of a cannon before you take off through these watershed times," Rossdale told Billboard magazine. "I think it really is important to have the element of hope and repair and sunshine because it's such a divided world now. It's so divided and crazy and unstable and vulnerable. It's fallen at my feet as a lyricist to consider the position that we're in - and unfortunately chaos makes for really fertile ground to write from."

    "'Dystopia,' was where the record takes a really interesting turn," Rossdale added. "It's a real hybrid of stuff I like, using machines and analog stuff - the band plus machines. I was just thinking of this dystopian world, this underbelly of frustration and fear and persecution and distrust just everything that's going on around us all the time. You have a president who half the country voted for and suddenly nobody voted for him. Nobody can make their mind up about him. So it's a very strange time, all the way around."

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