|Birth name||Christopher Thomas Traynor|
22 June 1973 |
Queens, New York, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock, alternative metal|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass|
|Associated acts||Orange 9mm, Helmet, Bush, Rival Schools, Institute, Gavin Rossdale, High Desert Fires|
Chris Traynor (born June 22, 1973, in Queens, New York) is an American guitarist, bassist and studio musician. He has played with Orange 9mm, Helmet, Bush, Rival Schools, Gavin Rossdale, and High Desert Fires.
Chris has performed live with the British rock band Blur, recorded bass and guitars on Katy Perry's "Use Your Love" with producer Junior Sanchez, and recorded guitars for Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, producer Dave Stewart, and Pharrell of N*E*R*D. Traynor has also done studio soundtrack work with Blue Man Group, and with critically acclaimed indie rock band Rival Schools.
Traynor is currently living in Los Angeles and is touring with Bush. He is also in the process of releasing High Desert Fires' debut album Light is the Revelation. He continually writes for soundtrack and television music.
1992-1996 Orange 9mm
He cut his teeth in the early 90's post-hardcore scene. As a founding member of the highly influential band Orange 9mm, Traynor developed a unique style of guitar and bass in the studio. Alongside Chaka Malik, Chris went onto record 3 albums with the band including Orange 9mm, Driver Not Included and Tragic. Before the touring for their third album began Chris departed to play with another highly popular band Helmet.
Traynor moved on to become an official member of the seminal rock band Helmet on their third studio record, Aftertaste. He was recruited for the supporting tour of Aftertaste which was recorded by their three remaining members prior to Traynor's arrival. He had worked on and off with the band for ten years throughout the band's breakup and reuniting before finally departing himself in 2006.
While on tour with Helmet, Chris was noticed by producer Dave Sardy, and recommended as replacement guitarist in 2001 for the multi-platinum selling rock band Bush. Bush's guitarist at the time, Nigel Pulsford, had backed out of their current tour midstream. Traynor came on board to help finish out the rest of the tour. After the tour Bush was put on the back burner until some time later when it was announced that Bush was no more.
2003 Rival Schools
In between Helmet's down time and the fall of Bush, Traynor joined up with Rival Schools. Rival Schools longtime guitarist, Ian Love, had left the band in 2002 making way for Chris. They recorded a bunch of songs together, but never released an album. By September 2003 the band split and Chris along with bandmate Cache Tolman headed off to do a new project with a familiar friend, Gavin Rossdale.
After a year as a touring member of the band Bush, Traynor and singer Gavin Rossdale began writing songs for a different project, which would later become Institute. Their first and only studio album titled Distort Yourself received only mild success on the airwaves. They toured throughout the United States as well as Europe before finally calling it quits in 2005.
2005-2010 Gavin Rossdale
The culmination of the time Traynor spent with Rossdale resulted in the release of Rossdale's solo record WANDERlust, produced by Bob Rock and featuring the hit single "Love Remains The Same" that reached number 2 on the US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard) and remained there for 4 weeks. The song was number 1 on iTunes rock chart and sold nearly 2 million copies world wide. WANDERlust had nationwide success in the United States. Chris toured in support of WANDERlust in 2008 and 2009.
In June 2010, it was announced that Bush had reunited. Traynor once again took over as lead guitarist. The Sea of Memories was released in 2011 featuring the hit single The Sound of Winter. "The Sound of Winter" achieved great commercial success on several North America charts. On 18 October 2011 it topped the Alternative Songs chart knocking off "Walk" by the Foo Fighters. Not only was it the band's fifth #1 hit single on the chart (their first in 12 years, since 1999's "The Chemicals Between Us"), but it also became the first self-released single to reach #1 on the Alternative radio chart. On 19 November it topped the Rock Songs chart, becoming their first #1 song on the chart. In 2014 the band's 6th studio album, Man on the Run, was released featuring the hit single The Only Way Out which peaked at #11 on the Active Rock Charts.
- With Orange 9mm
- 1994 Orange 9mm
- 1995 Driver Not Included
- 1996 Tragic
- With Helmet
- 1997 (Live guitarist) Aftertaste
- 2004 Size Matters
- 2006 Monochrome
- 2010 "Seeing Eye Dog"
- 2010 "Helmet:Live in San Francisco"
- With Institute
- 2005 Distort Yourself
- With Gavin Rossdale
- 2008 WANDERlust
- With Bush
- With High Desert Fires
- With Fleetwood Mac