Chris Traynor

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Chris Traynor
Chris Traynor Bush.jpg
Traynor in 2010
Background information
Birth name Christopher Thomas Traynor
Born (1973-06-22) 22 June 1973 (age 45)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock, alternative metal, hardcore punk, post-hardcore
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass, Cello
Associated acts Orange 9mm, Helmet, Bush, Rival Schools, Institute, Gavin Rossdale, High Desert Fires

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, Institute, 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.

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 is touring with Bush. He is also in the process of releasing High Desert Fires' debut album Light is the Revelation.[1] He continually writes for soundtrack and television music.

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 on to 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.[2]

1996–2006: Helmet[edit]

Traynor moved on to become an official member of the seminal rock band Helmet on their fourth 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.[2]

2001-2002 Bush[edit]

While on tour with Helmet, Chris was noticed by producer Dave Sardy, and recommended as a potential new guitarist in 2002 for the multi-platinum selling rock band Bush. Bush's original guitarist, Nigel Pulsford, had recently retired to spend more time with his family. Traynor joined the band and filled in for him on tour. Bush disbanded after the tour ended.

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.[2]

2003-2005 Institute[edit]

After touring as a member of 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.[2]

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" that reached number 2 on the US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[3] and remained there for 4 weeks. The song was number 1 on iTunes rock chart and sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. WANDERlust had nationwide success in the United States. Chris toured in support of WANDERlust in 2008 and 2009.[2]

2010-Present Bush[edit]

In May 2010, it was announced that Bush had reunited, with Traynor rejoining. The Sea of Memories was released in 2011 featuring the single The Sound of Winter. "The Sound of Winter" achieved moderate 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.[5][6] On 19 November it topped the Rock Songs chart, becoming their first #1 song on the chart.[7] In 2014 the band's 6th studio album, Man on the Run, was released featuring the 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
With Institute
With Gavin Rossdale
With Bush
With High Desert Fires
With Fleetwood Mac


  1. ^ [1] Archived April 17, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Chris Traynor Biography at - Fan Site for the Band Bush". 1973-06-22. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Adult Pop Music & Songs Chart". Billboard. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 

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