After a lengthy hiatus, No Doubt prove that they're still good for an epic color-soaked, cross-cultural rager with their latest visual, "Settle Down."
The clip features the band members tooling around in tricked-out trucks - for example, Tony Kanal's rig is decorated to honor his Indian heritage while Tom Dumont has a Jamaican-styled ride - to play at a rowdy outdoor jam. Apparently not that much has changed for the band. Sure, Gwen Stefani's got a Harajuku homegirl or two along for the ride, there's some not-so-subtle product placement that belies the band's influence, and Tony has some fresh fruit this time.
But they all look exactly the same, especially 42-year-old mother of two and fashion mogul Gwen. Drummer Adrian Young is still faithfully rocking a mohawk and gamely leaping into the crowd. They still make reggae-influenced pop-rock that makes for an easy addition to any party soundtrack - whether it's on a burned CD or an iTunes playlist.
Longtime No Doubt collaborator Sophie Muller ("Don't Speak," "Simple Kind of Life"), tells Rolling Stone about the concept of the video.
"The idea is they are all driving to meet after having had their separate lives over the last 10 years ... "It’s such a mix of cultures, their band, and what their music is like," Muller says. "We tried to do something that resembled different parts of the world rather than a specific place."
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