July 15, 1969 |
Queens, New York
|Occupation(s)||Bassist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, Upright bass|
|Labels||Roadrunner Records, Cooking Vinyl, Overit|
|Associated acts||The Cult
Chris Wyse (born July 15, 1969) is an American bassist and vocalist, known for his performances with Ace Frehley, The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, Tal Bachman and Jerry Cantrell, among others. Wyse has played with The Cult since 2006, and is the vocalist and bassist for Owl, a band he founded in 2007. Owl, who have been described as "approaching timeless rock structures through a healthy amount of experimentation and instrumental intricacy"  released their debut in 2009, followed by the album The Right Thing in April 2013. The first music video from the album, the title track's The Right Thing, premiered on Rolling Stone's website in March 2013. Owl will release their third album, Things You Can't See, in the summer of 2015.
Wyse is a first generation Irish American, and was born in Queens, New York. He discovered the music of Kiss, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin in grade school, and was inspired by Iron Maiden's Steve Harris to play bass. Performing with local bands in New York, Wyse's ability and innovative approach to the bass was quickly acknowledged, and at 17, he was profiled in Guitar Player Magazine. At 20, he was featured in Guitar For the Practicing Musician. In 1990, prompted by the success of a studio session with musicians associated with Steve Vai, Wyse moved to Los Angeles, where he devoted most of his time to playing with bands. After performing with artists including Guns N' Roses's Chris Pitman and Tool’s Paul D'Amour, Wyse was introduced to acclaimed producer Bob Rock, and became Rock's 'go-to' bassist, playing with Rock-produced artists including Tal Bachman, as well as continuing to play with other artists, including Scott Weiland. In 2001, Wyse played on the Cult's well-received album, Beyond Good and Evil, which Rock produced. In 2006, he became the Cult's full-time bass player, touring worldwide and recording two additional albums. In 2004, Wyse was recruited for Ozzy Osbourne's band by drummer Mike Bordin. He played on Ozzy's Under Cover album, which was included in Osbourne's box set, Prince of Darkness. Additionally, Wyse performed and recorded with Bob Rock's band, the Payola$.
In 2003, Bob Rock, who was then producing Metallica, urged Wyse to audition for the band. He was one of a handful of bassists selected to play with Metallica during the audition process, which was documented in the film Some Kind of Monster.
In 2007, Wyse founded the current incarnation of Owl, an alternative rock band. In Owl, Wyse acts as singer, songwriter, and producer, in addition to playing bass guitar and upright bass, sometimes creating Hendrix-like effects on the upright bass by using a bow. Wyse formed Owl with his childhood friend, drummer Dan Dinsmore, and LA-based guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis.
Wyse worked the third Owl record and on demos for an upcoming Cult record in 2014. In addition, he played bass guitar on Ace Frehley's album, Space Invader.  He toured with Frehley following the release of Space Invader.
Wyse has continued to record with Frehley. In 2015, in addition to touring with Frehley, he will tour with Owl to support Things You Can't See.
|2015||Owl||Things You Can’t See||Vocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer|
|2014||Ace Frehley||Space Invader||Bass guitar|
|2013||Owl||The Right Thing||Vocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer|
|2012||The Cult||Choice of Weapon||Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter|
|2009||Owl||Owl||Vocals, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriter, Producer|
|2008||Various Artists||We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year||Bass|
|2007||The Cult||Born Into This||Bass, Songwriter|
|2005||Ozzy Osbourne||Prince of Darkness||Bass|
|2005||Ozzy Osbourne||Under Cover||Bass|
|2001||The Cult||Beyond Good and Evil||Bass|
|2001||Mick Jagger||Goddess In the Doorway||Bass|
|2001||Various Artists||Broken Machine: A Tribute To Nine Inch Nails||Bass, Upright Bass, Producer|
|2001||Owl||Flammable: A Tribute To The Red Hot Chili Peppers||Bass, Upright Bass, Producer|
|2000||Nina Gordon||Tonight and the Rest Of My Life||Upright Bass|
|1999||Tal Bachman||Tal Bachman||Bass|
|1999||Scott Weiland's Big Blue Missile||The Spy Who Shagged Me OST||Bass|
|2015||Owl||Who’s Gonna Save You Now Video|
|2013||Owl||The Right Thing Video|
|2012||The Cult||For the Animals Video|
|2012||The Cult||Love Removal Machine, Wildflower, She Sells Sanctuary, For The Animals Jimmy Kimmel Live|
|2012||The Cult||Honey From A Knife Video|
|2010||Ace Frehley||Behind the Player DVD|
|2006||The Cult||Live At Irving Plaza DVD|
|2006||The Cult||She Sells Sanctuary Jimmy Kimmel Live|
|2006||The Cult||Wild Flower Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson|
|2003||Metallica||Some Kind Of Monster Film|
|1999||Tal Bachman||If You Sleep Video|
|1999||Tal Bachman||She's So High Video|
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