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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000ALM4EY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bullet Proof Skin
2. When Animals Attack
3. Come On Over
4. Information Age
5. Wasteland
6. Boom Box
7. Seventh Wave
8. The Heat Of Your Love
9. Ambulances
10. Secrets And Lies
11. Mountains
12. Save The Robots

Editorial Reviews

Institute consists of multi-platinum songwriter Gavin Rossdale (Bush) assembles bandmates guitarist Chris Traynor (Helmet, Orange 9mm), bassist Cache Tolman (Rival Schools, Civ), and drummer Charlie Walker (Chamberlain) to release their debut album Distort Yourself. Distort Yourself was produced by Page Hamilton of Helmet,with Rossdale and Photek producing the album's first single 'Bullet-Proof Skin'. The Song Will Also Be Featured In Sony Pictures' Feature Film,'Stealth' starring Jamie Foxx. Interscope. 2005.

Customer Reviews

If you go skeptical about the music, you will still leave as a real fan, trust me.
Insititute's first effort may not do much to establish themselves as a "new" group, but at the very least, it's a breath of fresh air.
A. Estes
Chris Traynor adds in some very catchy guitar riffs which make for some very powerful choruses.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J on September 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When any artist is successful as a part of one unit and then later ventures out in another unit, it's impossible for one not to draw comparisons between the two. Think A Perfect Circle/Tool, think Audioslave/Soundgarden/Rage, and now one can think of Gavin Rossdale's new band Institute and his old band Bush.

For fans of Bush, you will find the skeleton of that band within Institute, but Rossdale has done some tweaking, often taking things in a new, experimental and heavier direction. Witness a song like 'When Animals Attack' or 'Bullet-Proof Skin'; songs like this rage harder, heavier, have more dissonance and are more ferocious than anything in Bush's catalogue. Of immediate notice is that "Distort Yourself" seems like the work of a collaberation more than it does of a dictator. In Bush, it seemed like whatever Rossdale said was law, but here the other instruments have more of a role. 'Boom Box', 'Save The Robots', 'Wasteland', and to an extent, 'Secrets and Lies' are all at their core driven by bass.

However, some of this new experimenting leads to a problem which appears more and more evident as "Distort Yourself" plays on; the album suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. What exactly is Rossdale going for here? A heavier rock band? A more poppy direction? A band that works in loose grooves? Claims can be made for all of these, often within the same song. Sometimes this can work in a band (see the Mars Volta), but Institute doesn't really pull it off. 'Boom Box' glides along with a great, loose verse with a fantastic melody before the punkish chorus comes in and wrecks it. I think half of the blame can be placed on producer Paige Hamilton and guitarist Chris Traynor, both of Helmet fame.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Estes on October 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Being a Helmet fan and a moderate Bush fan, I just had to check out Gavin Rossdale's new group, Insititute. Institute features not only the ex-Bush man on vocals, but Helmet guitarist Chris Traynor (who also played in the most recent line-up of Bush, as well as Orange 9mm) and Helmet mastermind Page Hamilton handling production duties. So if it sounds a lot like Helmet and Bush, don't be surprised. Hearing "Bullet-Proof Skin" (a song which took a while to grow on me) had me expecting more than just that simple equation. What "Distort Yourself" offers, however, isn't exactly something new...

First off, the fact that they put the two strongest and most dynamic songs ("Bullet-Proof Skin" and "When Animals Attack") at the front of the album doesn't exactly do them any favors. This strong opening primes us up for something really special, as these are very unique and exciting songs. Sadly, what follows is what I knew the album would be all along: Gavin Rossdale fronting Helmet. Honestly, that's all it sounds like, and the minute "Come On Over" kicks in, you'll know it. Not to say the rest of the album isn't worth hearing. Despite some really bad lyrics -- "Deep fried in the heat of your love"(?) -- there are some interesting and catchy musical ideas. To me, the one song that stands out is the unusually diverse "Boom Box." Again, the lyrics aren't much to brag about, but musically, it is very entertaining. The production, along with the mixing, is quite crisp when you consider Hamilton's typical, grittier work. The sound is very far removed from that of Bush, in my opinion, so if you came as a fan of that group, be prepared for something different.

Right now seems to be the time for 90's groups that have somewhat faded to re-emerge.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dryall Gimall on October 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Institute is Gavin Rossdales best musical performance in his life . Bush is great although hard to listen to over and over . On the other hand this CD is amazing as it attatches to your brain each time you listen . Stellar guitar and drum riffs make this album pack some punch . Really rocks out loud in your face aggressive.
A very brilliant peace of work . I was sceptical because of Bush's last CD . Gavin's lyrics have great meaning, powerful ,and thought provoking . This band is much better than Bush , they play together as a whole package . I feel that is what bush was missing . The tracks get better as the CD progresses which is a nice change .
If you were down with Gavins voice or Bush buy this . Its just nice that some bands make music this good , instead of going with the flow and joining the radio crowd for the money . The album cover also rocks. Its the universe and nothings free.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Intellectual Awesomenimity on December 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of Bush or not, you'll find that Institute has a lot to offer. Not just another mundane 'transplant band', Institute shows promsing potential with this excellent first release. I have never listened to Helmut, though I can definitley see the influece of Bush in here with Gavin's songwriting. I admit that the first couple times that I listened to the album I was a bit sketchy, but you will come to find out that the album is deeper than it first lets on, with excellent crescendos and hard rock that will have you screaming in your car, making other people wonder what the hell you are listening to.Highly recommended, this album kicks ass.
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