Boost your mood during the Lockdown Lull

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I have been through a hiatus, not an intentional one, but a lazy one. I have missed posting about the music that I love most and sharing my finds with other people who feel the same about rock music as I do.

I would love to share with you the songs that I have been blasting in my car and that have kept me sane during these uncertain times. Sometimes it lifts my mood and other times it makes me appreciate my daily life and all that I have to be grateful for. Lock down has taught me a lot of lessons and I hope I carry these lessons with me always.

1. Parasite Eve – Bring Me The Horizon

Parasite Eve is a relevant song dealing with the challenges we are facing at the moment, due to the COVID pandemic that has spread through the world these past few months. The lyric “when we forgot the infection, will we remember the lessons?” really resonated with me and I realised how important it is to remember this crisis for the rest of our lives. Don’t waste a good crisis.

2. Nothing Like Thieves – Is Everybody Going Crazy?

Nothing Like Thieves hit the nail on the head, with how a lot of people must be feeling at the moment. The world that we used to know, is now a thing of the past, but for how long? How long will we have to deal with all this uncertainty in our lives? It has certainly managed to make us appreciate what we have and how little we need to survive comfortably. Nothing Like Thieves describes the mindset of how people have been feeling and the longing for human connection. We don’t realise that we need it, until its limited or taken away completely.

3. Zero 9:36 – The End

When I discovered this song, I couldn’t go one day without listening to it. It has one of the best headbanger choruses ever. The rap/rock combination from Zero 9:36 really works for me. The lyrics deal with a sense of self-loathing that the singer is trying to fight. He wants to break free from external pressures, so that he can face his own demons.

4. Papa Roach – Tightrope 2020

Papa Roach comments on our current generation. This song was first released as a hidden track on the Infest album. I wasn’t aware of this fact and it surprised me how relevant the lyrics are. The style and melody of the song intrigues me. Its a different style compared to the rest of their material. The lyrics deal with serious subject matter in a digestible manner.

5. POORSTACY – I Can’t Sleep

A guy confused about the girl he is dating and describing how he thinks it might be a good idea to stop seeing her, but he is being tortured by his decision. He can’t sleep, he doesn’t believe her promises and she is taking away more from the relationship than she is willing to give. He knows what he needs to do, but he is struggling to go through with his decision. A casual, but dance-y track that tends to put me in a good mood.

6. Bush – Flowers On A Grave

Gavin Rossdale is describing loss and grief in this song. He is describing the feelings he had while coping with the loss of an important person in his life. This song takes me back to my teenage years and I think that feeling will be felt by long time fans of the band. Bush brings back pleasant memories of the arrival of the new millennium.

7. The Score – Dreamin ft blackbear

Ending off on a very positive note. This song is about fighting other people’s expectations and opinions. This will make you get rid of your fears and become more of the person that you are meant to be. Building a solid sense of self. This means speaking your own truth, regardless of what other people say, think and do. I find The Score’s music very uplifting in general and I don’t think its easy to pull off in the rock music genre for a modern rock band. I love Eddie’s vocals, as they always come across strong and clear.

I feel like we will weather the storm that this virus has caused, we will come through it being more appreciative, stronger as people and human beings.

Stay safe and stay sane.

This too shall pass.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Frontman of the Week – Gavin Rossdale

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Early life and career

Gavin McGregor Rossdale born on the 30th of October 1965 is the lead singer and guitarist for the British rock band Bush.

Gavin was born in Killburn, London, England to mother Lucy Stephen who was of Scottish descent and father Douglas Rossdale who was a doctor of Russian Jewish descent. When Gavin was 11 years old his parents got divorced and he was raised primarily by his father and aunt. Lucy Stephen was later remarried and she moved to Tampa, Florida. He has a younger sister Soraya and an older sister Lorraine who had a daughter called Jade.

Gavin Rossdale had a brief modelling stint with his then good friend Marilyn. Gavin’s sister Lorraine had a boyfriend who was in a band called The Nobodyz and he taught Gavin how to play bass guitar, but Gavin later switched to playing rhythm guitar.

At the age of 17 Gavin had left Westminster High School and started playing semi-professional football until he was sidelined by an injury. He decided to form a band called Midnight formerly known as Little Dukes. Midnight produced a few singles and a bunch of publicity photos. In 1991 Gavin decided to move to Los Angeles, lived where he could and took whatever part-time jobs that were available at the time. One of these part-time jobs was as a production assistant on video shoots. After 6 months he spent some time in New York City with his friend Bill MacAdam, before he returned to England motivated and inspired to start a new band. He met up with Scottie Mac whom he had met in LA around this time. In 1992 Gavin formed Future Primitive whose original line-up (previously known as The Diceheads) included screenwriter Sacha Gervasi who decided to leave the band in order to pursue a film-making career.In the summer of 1994 the band changed its name to Bush and released a promo called Sixteen Stone.

Bush

Gavin became the lead singer/songwriter for the post-grunge British rock band Bush. Their first album Sixteen Stone was released in 1994 and it was a huge commercial success. Bush experienced almost overnight success from playing small pubs in London to headlining festivals in the US which was a result of their non-stop touring. Some critics labelled Bush as an inferior incarnation of bands such as Nirvana and the Pixies, this criticism followed them throughout their career. Rossdale’s voice and lyrics was termed by some to be an imitation of Nirvana’s lead singer Kurt Cobain. The band reached Superstar status in the US, but failed to make an impact in the UK, mainly due to the UK’s Pop dominated charts. The exception came in the form of their single “Swallowed” which reached #7 in the UK. Bush faced some challenges when they changed record labels, changed management and added to that an extended hiatus. Eventually all these obstacles caused the band to split in 2002.

Bush’s albums up to this point in their career include Razorblade Suitcase, Deconstructed, The Science of Things and Golden State. None of the aforementioned albums matched the sale success of their debut album.

Post-Bush Era

After Bush had been on hiatus for two years Gavin Rossdale formed Institute in 2004. Their first album “Distort Yourself” was released on the 13th of September 2005 and enjoyed moderate success. The single “Bullet-proof skin” was used in the movie Stealth. Bullet-proof skin is still one of my favourite rock songs, I discovered the song while watching a DVD compilation which features numerous rock music videos. I listened/watched the video constantly and I still love it.

You can watch the video here:

Gavin was featured on the soundtrack of Sony Pictures’ 2002 film xXx with a song called “Adrenaline”. This song was the official theme song for WWE’s Unforgiven pay-per-view event in September 2002 and it was also used as was The Undertaker‘s Desire/Tribute theme of that same year. Gavin appeared as a guest for Blue Man Group’s “The Current” and he is featured in its video. The song was used in the ending credits of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

Gavin started to dabble in acting and appeared in Zoolander (2001), The Mayor of Sunset Strip (2003), Little Black Book (2004), and The Game of Their Lives (2005). Gavin played the villian Balthazar in 2005’s Constantine. Next Gavin Rossdale landed a role in How To Rob A Bank (2007) alongside Nick Stahl and Erika Christensen. Additionally Gavin appeared on the TV show Criminal Minds and he appeared on the in the 8th episode of Season 5 of Burn Notice.

In that same year Gavin Rossdale announced on his website that he is working on new music, a solo album to be more specific. He was satisfied with the sound of the album stating that he went back to his roots from Bush. Rossdale’s single “Can’t Stop The World”on which his wife Gwen Stefani sings the background vocals became the theme song for Fox’s TV program Drive.

In 2007, for the album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur he covered John Lennon’s “Mind Games”. Later in the same year Gavin finished recording his first solo album called Wanderlust and it was released on the 3rd of June 2008. The 1st single off of the album “Love Remains The Same” was released on the 1st of April 2008 and it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at Number 76, rising to 27 in October 2008, giving Gavin his first Top 40 hit since the days when he fronted the post-grunge band Bush. Gavin also provided the vocals for Apocalyptica’s killer song called “End of Me” which is the first single off of their album 7th Symphony.

The Return of Bush

On the 21st of June 2010 it was announced that Bush would be returning. Founding members Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons both decided not to rejoin the band. Pulsford and Parsons were replaced by Chris Traynor and Corey Britz respectively. Bush released The Sea of Memories on the 13th of September 2011. The Sea of Memories managed to peak at No. 18 on the Billboard Top 200. The first single off of the album, “The Sound of Winter” was released in July 2011 and reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

Gavin co-wrote two songs for The Pretty Reckless‘s album Light Me Up. The songs are called “Fix Me” and “You”. Bush joined The Pretty Reckless on their world tour for a few dates.

Their song “Into The Blue” is featured on The Avengers soundtrack album released on May 1, 2012. They toured with Nickelback on their Here and Now tour.

I was extremely surprised when Bush made a comeback, especially after such a long seperation, but I’m glad they decided to get back to performing and creating rock music.

Personal life

In 1995 Gavin met Gwen Stefani the fearless lead singer of the punk band No Doubt. The pair met when Bush and No Doubt were on tour together. The couple married in 2002. In 2005 on a radio show called Loveline, Gavin stated that he and Gwen prefer to keep their relationship private and out of the media. Gavin had a choatic childhood and  he wanted to provide stability for his family.

On the 26th of May 2006 the Rossdale family gained a new member in the form of a son Kingston James McGregor Rossdale. On the 21st of Augst 2008 the Rossdale celebrated the arrival of another baby boy called  Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale.

In 2004 a paternity test revelaed that Gavin was the father of Pearl Lowe’s daughter, Daisy Lowe who was born in 1989. Gavin and Pearl had a brief releationship and Gavin was Daisy’s godfather. It was reported that Gavin had cut all ties with Pearl and his teenage daughter, but in 2009 numerous websites posted photos of Daisy walking with Kingston in London. Both Daisy and Gavin have said in interviews that their relationship is good and that they share a friendship.

Gavin and Gwen have homes in Primrose Hill, London and California. Gavin is an avid tennis player and a regular on the Californian celebrity tennis circuit. Gavin and Gwen are good friends with Lindsey Davenport and Roger Federer. The couple has been spotted at numerous tennis tournaments supporting Roger Federer.

Gavin has a strong and smooth voice that has the ability to stand the test of time. I admire Gavin’s dedication to his family and his determination when it comes to his music career.

You can follow Gavin Rossdale on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GavinRossdale

You can follow Bush on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bushofficial

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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