Former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale will introduce his new band, Institute, with a three-week North American club tour later this summer. The trek will begin Aug. 11 in San Diego and hit 13 cities en route to an Aug. 30 closer at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Billboard.com can reveal.
The roadwork comes ahead of the Sept. 13 release of Institute’s Interscope debut, “Distort Yourself.” First single “Bullet-Proof Skin” will go to U.S. rock radio outlets in August; a video will be shot in the coming weeks by director Rob Cohen, who will feature the song in his upcoming film, “Stealth.”
Institute finds Rossdale flanked by guitarist Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet), bassist Cache Tolman (Rival Schools) and drummer Charlie Walker (Split Lip, Chamberlain), although session drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese plays on “Distort Yourself.”
Helmet leader Page Hamilton produced the album and had a major impact on its sound. Songs like “Information Age” and “Come on Over” are heavy on the massive, detuned riffs that were Helmet’s calling card, while “Boombox” concludes with a dexterous, tempo-shifting jam that sounds unlike anything Rossdale ever recorded with Bush.
“I think people are going to be excited and surprised when they hear it,” Hamilton told Billboard.com last summer. “To take nothing away from Bush — they did what they did — but they weren’t the tightest band in the world. It was pretty much about Gavin’s voice, so that’s what we focused on. I tried to strip the arrangements down, cut the fat and make things exciting. I really think we succeeded.”
The band tones things down toward the end of the album, specifically on the ballad “Ambulances” and the mid-tempo “Mountains” and “Save the Robots.”
Sources say Institute will play some Bush songs live, but that the pool of material is still being discussed.
Here is the track list for “Distort Yourself”:
“Come on Over”
“Heat of Your Love”
“Secrets & Lies”
“Save the Robots”
Here are Institute’s tour dates (venues TBA):
Aug. 11: San Diego
Aug. 12: Los Angeles
Aug. 13: Phoenix
Aug. 16: Dallas
Aug. 17: Houston
Aug. 19: Atlanta
Aug. 20: St. Louis
Aug. 21: Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 23: Minneapolis
Aug. 24: Chicago
Aug. 26: Philadelphia
Aug. 27: Pittsburgh
Aug. 29: Boston
Aug. 30: New York