Chris Traynor

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Chris Traynor
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Traynor in 2013
Background information
Birth name Christopher Thomas Traynor
Born (1973-06-22) 22 June 1973 (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock, alternative metal
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass
Labels Interscope
Associated acts Orange 9mm, Helmet, Bush, Rival Schools, Institute, Gavin Rossdale

Chris Traynor (born June 22, 1973, in Long Island, New York) is an American guitarist, bassist and studio musician. He has played with Orange 9mm, Helmet, Bush, Rival Schools and Gavin Rossdale.

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, written and recorded with Grammy nominated artist Joseph Arthur, and with critically acclaimed indie rock band Rival Schools.

Other works listed amongst his writing/performance credits include multiple national television ads, including recent work for Vonage and Kohl's.

Chris has studied guitar with Mark Lonergan from Band of Susans, Richard Lloyd of the rock band Television, Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft, and bluegrass phenomenon Michael Daves.

Traynor is currently living in Los Angeles and working on upcoming album material and future productions with Bob Rock, Gavin Rossdale, Junior Sanchez, Brobot, Page Hamilton (Helmet), Joseph Arthur, and keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac. He is also continually writing for soundtrack and television music.

Chris Traynor 2009

Professional career[edit]

1992-1996 Orange 9mm[edit]

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.[1]

1996–2006: Helmet[edit]

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.[1]

2001-2002 Bush[edit]

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.[1]

2003 Rival Schools[edit]

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.[1]

Chris Traynor 2009

2003-2005 Institute[edit]

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.[1]

2005-2010 Gavin Rossdale[edit]

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". WANDERlust had nationwide success in the United States. Chris toured in support of WANDERlust in 2008 and 2009.[1]

2010 Bush[edit]

In June 2010, it was announced that Bush had reunited. Because Nigel Pulsford would not be returning for the reunion, Traynor once again took over as lead guitarist.


With Orange 9mm
  • 1994 Orange 9mm
  • 1995 Driver Not Included
  • 1996 Tragic
With Helmet
With Institute
With Gavin Rossdale
With Bush
with Fleetwood Mac


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