Wednesday, 31 August 2005

Save CBGB's Rally, 8/31/05

G. Rossdale during H.R. Pufnstuff's perf. He totally dug the reggae.

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Thursday, 25 August 2005

Gavin Rossdale-Men's Vogue Party

Wednesday, 24 August 2005

Institute live at the Double Door in Chicago-Aug 24 2005

photo taken by catjak91

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Tuesday, 23 August 2005

Gavin Rossdale’s new band to play UK

Institute will hit London for a one-off show next month…

Aug 23, 2005
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GAVIN ROSSDALE’s new band INSTITUTE have announced details of their one and only UK live show.

The Bush singer’s latest group will play at London’s Scala on September 5.

Institute will be playing in support of their forthcoming debut album ’Distort Yourself’, which is due for release on September 19.

The first single to be lifted from the LP will be ’Bullet Proof Skin’, which will hit the shops on September 26.

Despite touring US club venues for the past few weeks, the Scala gig will be the only opportunity fans will have to catch Institute this year in the UK.

Institute are fronted by Rossdale and completed by Chris Traynor (Helmet), Cache Tolman (Rival Schools) and drummer Charlie Walker (Split Lip, Chamberlain).

For ticket availability, go to NME Tickets or call them on 0870 1 663 663

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Friday, 19 August 2005

99X-Gavin and Chris Traynor of Institute with Axel (8.19.05)

Friday, 12 August 2005

Gavin Rossdale Performs with his New Band "Institute" at the Roxy

Campus circle net-Institute . Aug 12@the Roxy

Talia Hassan

You’re only as good as your lead singer’s last album, so when the front man of your new band is Gavin Rossdale, Bush’s former lead vocalist and guitarist, that’s definitely a good jumpstart to a solid reputation. But as soon as a musician starts a new act, the entire band has to deal with the expectations of old fans. However, Institute delivered music fans both new and old could rock out to. The group (which also includes ex-Helmet guitarist Chris Traynor) was even willing to put aside their individual egos by shocking veteran fans with a few classic Bush tracks like "Glycerine" and "The People That We Love."
Although the audience chanted the name of one man ("Gavin! Gavin!") long before the show began, by the time the set finished everyone remembered what band they really paid to see. Suddenly, the chants changed to "Institute!" as the foursome played songs from their upcoming debut album, Distort Yourself (due out Sept. 13), and proved they are much more than "Gavin’s new band."
In fact, there is only one reason fans may accuse Institute of being Bush impostors: the sexy sound of Rossdale’s signature voice. When the alluring tone of his deep, raspy vocals spills into the mic, it immediately triggers your mind to replay flashbacks of some of your favorite (or not-so-favorite) Bush songs heard back when the band’s tracks were in heavy radio rotation. But once you recognize Rossdale’s voice, you’ll also notice that the beats backing it pound harder than the Bush style you may have been expecting.
Several of Institute’s tracks, such as "Secrets and Lies," evoke a feverish restlessness, as if the songs were designed to be moments spent basking in the thoughts of everything that pisses you off. And it was obvious the fans were eager to relate – even guys that appeared to be both rugged and macho came to the show ready to recite some of the romantic lyrics, especially when Gavin repeated the line, "To lose you is to never love again."
Institute can still be classified as modern rock, but they laced the crowd with a variety of slow, sensual grooves like "Ambulances" and "Wasteland." Yet the heart of every track was filled with blazing emotions and each song on Institute’s set list seemed to follow a carefully constructed formula. The verses often contained light sounds that emitted the feeling of an intense anger brewing beneath the surface of the band’s calm demeanor. As a release to the mental chaos displayed throughout the verses, Institute used the choruses as their opportunity to explode on stage like a grenade that lost its pin. Remember the breakdown of Bush’s "Cold Contagious" where Gavin consecutively repeats "You will get yours" more than five times – his voice and the bass line growing harder with each sentence? That same volcanic emotion on the verge of eruption set the scene for Institute’s virgin Roxy performance.
It can also be argued that a band is only as good as the lead singer’s wife’s last album – that is, when the wife in question happens to be Gwen Stefani. Luckily, Mrs. Rossdale’s reputation remains intact since her debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., is still topping the Billboard charts. To the ecstatic surprise of Institute fans, Rossdale’s infamous wife strutted into the VIP area dressed in full rocker gear looking ready to support the talent of her husband and his new bandmates.
When big names like Gwen and Gavin cruise through a small venue like the Roxy, it’s easy to enjoy the show. But there’s no denying Institute put on a concert that featured sounds just as good as Bush’s last album, if not better.


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Wednesday, 3 August 2005

Rossdale Opens Institute

Bush frontman gets harder with Helmet men

Posted Aug 03, 2005 12:00 AM

"My life's changed a lot in the last couple of years, and hopefully this reflects it," Bush frontman (and Gwen Stefani's husband) Gavin Rossdale says of his new band, Institute. Don't expect marriage to have mellowed him out, though. The group features Chris Traynor of hardcore heroes Helmet on guitar and former Helmet frontman Page Hamilton behind the mixing board. Rossdale's first effort since Bush's Golden State (2001), Distort Yourself will hit stores on September 13th.
"I wanted to do something a little bit harder than Bush," says Rossdale. "It's got a paranoid edge to it. It's a pretty difficult transition to go from my band Bush to this new terrain, this whole other world."

The relentless first single, "Bulletproof Skin," currently featured in the soundtrack to the Jamie Foxx action movie Stealth, began life as a drum-and-bass track by Photek. "The premise of that song is finding ways to deal with whatever's thrown at you," says Rossdale. "Wherever you are, whatever you do there are always tremendous pressures thrown at you, and one of the only ways to survive is to have this ability to roll with what life throws."

Other titles include "Animals Attack" and "Come on Over," both of which he describes as "supremely crushing and heavy," while "Save the Robots" is "delicate." And "Ambulances" features Stefani on backing vocals. "If I want to get a certain color and use a female voice," says Rossdale, "who better than her?"

Institute tour dates:

8/11: San Diego, The Casbah
8/12: West Hollywood, The Roxy Theatre
8/13: Tempe, AZ, The Clubhouse
8/16: Dallas, Gypsy Tea Room/Ballroom
8/17: Houston, Engine Room
8/19: Atlanta, Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
8/20: Saint Louis, MO, Blueberry Hill's Duck Room
8/23: Minneapolis, Ascot Room at Quest Club
8/24: Chicago, Double Door
8/26: Philadelphia, Theatre of Living Arts
8/27: Pittsburgh, Rex Theatre
8/29: Boston, Paradise Rock Club
8/30: New York, Bowery Ballroom

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