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Institute, 2005.
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge
Years active 2004–2006
Labels Interscope Records
Associated acts Bush, Helmet, Rival Schools, Chamberlain
Former members
Gavin Rossdale
Chris Traynor
Cache Tolman
Charlie Walker

Institute was an alternative rock band featuring Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. The band's only album, Distort Yourself, was released September 13, 2005.



Institute was formed in 2004 in the wake of a hiatus of lead singer Gavin Rossdale's other band, Bush. Rossdale formed Institute with Chris Traynor, who played guitar on Bush's last tour and is of Helmet, after Bush agreed upon taking a break after their last album, Golden State. The two later enlisted the help of bassist Cache Tolman (of Rival Schools fame) and drummer Josh Freese. Freese was only enlisted temporarily, as the band needed a drummer for the recording of their first album, Distort Yourself. Rossdale later recruited Charlie Walker (known for his work with Split Lip and Chamberlain, in addition to a temporary stint in Helmet) to take Freese's spot and round out the band.

After reuniting with Interscope Records (Interscope released Bush's first three albums), Rossdale started work on Distort Yourself with Interscope Producer and Helmet frontman, Page Hamilton. Rossdale chose Hamilton to produce the band's debut album after being told Hamilton could provide the guitar sound that he was looking for. Though not known for producing rock ballads, Hamilton also proved keen towards Rossdale's lighter songs, such as "Ambulances", which features Gavin's wife Gwen Stefani, singer of No Doubt and successful solo artist.

Distort Yourself was released 13 September 2005 via Interscope Records and debuted at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts with first week sales slightly over 12,000. The album's first single, "Bullet Proof Skin," reached a peak of 28th on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and 29th on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart. It was also performed on various television programs and found significant radio play. It also gained traction from being included in the main menu of the hockey video game NHL 06 from EA Sports.

Institute have played numerous Bush songs live, including (but not limited to) "Machinehead," "The People that We Love," "Swallowed," an acoustic version of "Comedown," and "Glycerine." They also performed on The Tyra Banks Show with Banks after Rossdale gave her some guitar lessons.[1]

In late 2005, Institute opened for U2 for several of their Vertigo Tour dates. It is unlikely that Institute will reunite any time soon based on the fact that Gavin stated he "enjoyed being in that band" and that he was moving on with production of a solo album.[2]

Band members



Year Title Chart Positions Album
UK Singles Chart US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock
2005 "Bullet Proof Skin" 204 26 26 Distort Yourself


  1. ^ Tyra rocks out with Gavin Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  2. ^ Gavin Rossdale Net

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