After a proud decade of fighting the flow, screaming “but I love Jesus Lizard!” and working with indie metal vets, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale has sucked it up and is finally dishing out some Cook rock. Maybe he was tired of Gwen Stefani bouncing a kid on her lap and looking bored while he played his demos to her. Maybe he hoped people would yell for a ballad other than “Glycerine” at shows. Either way, I’m guessing we won’t see another album from Institute, the band of Helmet and Rival Schools vets that put out an album in 2005.
Anyone remember Institute’s contribution to the Stealth soundtrack? Hell, anyone remember Stealth?
I kind of feel sorry for the dude. He’s actually a pretty decent riff writer, but his vocals became a satire of themselves almost immediately. Chasing his muse, he’s had about as much chance of a profitable solo career as Julian Casablancas would. But if he tones down the poetry and gives Jimmy Iovine the ballads he wants, his debut solo album WANDERlust could probably do fine against David Cook and Daughtry. He’s at least ten years older than those dudes and he still looks pretty good.