Chris Wyse of Owl and The Cult Interview
By: Andrew Bilach
Chris Wyse has worked with a who’s who of legendary musicians: Jerry Cantrell, Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Weiland, and the list goes on and on. He’s been playing bass for The Cult since 2006 and also currently fronts Owl, a three-piece alternative rock band that could play with anyone from Creed to Korn.
The Right Thing, the second full-length Owl album will be released on April 9th, 2013. This record truly lives in the moment. It’s very primal, organic, competent rock music played with conviction. The Right Thing opens with a cover of The Kinks track “Destroyer.” An album opening with a cover – daring and unconventional, to say the least. As far as I’m concerned, this is rock and roll, the way it should be – not an overthought collection of songs that all sound identical. Plus, I’m a sucker for the upright bass. I’m asking that you give this record a shot. Just give it your attention for a few songs. I did, and it’s been in constant rotation in my headphones for weeks.
You can check out Owl’s self-titled debut record, released in 2009, if you’re eager to get started. If you’re in the New York area, the band plays the Mercury Lounge on Friday, March 29th, in Albany at Upstate Concert Hall on the 30th, and they’re back in Albany for a show with 10 Years in May. There are also West Coast dates posted as well.
The conversation with Chris appears uncut and unedited. We go through being selected to audition for Metallica, playing with Ozzy, living with Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains, Owl (obviously), and much more.
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Here’s a video for the song “Pusher” from the self-titled album.