Chris Wyse Takes Flight with OWL
Thu, 04 Jun 2009 15:21:54
Chris Wyse may be most recognized by rock fans as the bassist for the legends known as The Cult and he is also known for his work with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Jerry Cantrell.
While most musicians would give their eyeteeth for the opportunity to play for artists of Osbourne’s and Cantrell’s pedigree, Wyse is more than happy to launch his own band, Owl, where he is effectively emerging from the background and doing his own thing—playing bluesy hard rock with a crop of talented musicians he has known for years. He also mentioned that The Cult will indeed do a new record and tour this Fall, so Cultists who are jonesing for some information on the band can rest easy.
Wyse is one of those musicians who really is a fan of music, through and through. As for what types of music inspired him during his formative years, Wyse said, “As a kid, the folks were into things like Elvis and The Beatles, but when I heard “One of These Days” from Pink Floyd’s Meddle, I was blown away. I was like wow! I realized you could create theater of the mind and go that far out with music.”
Owl’s music incorporates elements of rock n' roll, with a bit of a bluesy, classic rock infusion. One thing that makes Owl stand out is the fact that Wyse plays a stand up bass – not a common instrument employed in rock bands!
“It’s not electronic-leaning, and doesn’t live in that realm at all, like sound designing. I am tempted to do that, though,” Wyse said. While the band isn’t trying to be the second coming of Trent Reznor, who Wyse admits to respecting, they are making music that can’t be considered “middle of the road,” like so many rock bands nowadays who don’t push the envelope. Owl brings the rock, with a little something extra.
The band’s self-titled debut is out now, through Overit Records.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff