Interview with Chris Wyse-Bassist of The Cult and Frontman of Owl!
Noize-How is your tour going with the cult? Any good stories? CW-The tour is going great and we are playing another sold out show tonight in Minneapolis. Ian got pretty bloody one night when the tambourine hit his head and cut him. It was a bloody mess and looked crazy, but thankfully he was fine. Noize-Phew! We are excited to have you in Detroit this week. What are your favorite random things about Detroit? Fave thing about playing in Detroit? CW-I think the Detroit Opera House is pretty amazing and I dig the Fillmore there. Detroit has some of the best rock crowds in the world and is always a favorite. Noize-Last year The Cult was in a pretty horrific accident while touring in Europe…Was it difficult to get back on the bus after that? CW– It was indeed. We all sort of had our own realization that we were lucky to have made it. It was like slow motion when it happened. I had a reoccurring dream about a bus crash over and over before it happened. I knew it was coming. One late night I was having cereal and tea and having a hard time sleeping. I looked out the window in Croatia and said “Oh man this is the dream’! Something told me to go upstairs in the huge double decker bus and get in my bunk. Lucky I did because we hit a guard rail on a 100 foot drop then went into a tail spin once we crossed the bridge. Everyone was fine and in there bunks. Ian was standing and got bruised a bit but amazingly we were all fine. It was terrifying to be awake and know what was up as it was happening. Noize-What do you love and dislike about touring? CW-I love playing live and meeting people and connecting. The lack of sleep and crazy traveling I could live without but it is what it takes to tour, so you take both sides. Noize-I read that The Cult plans to work on new material very soon. What direction would you like to see the group head in? CW-I think we were onto something special with “Choice of Weapon” and the chemistry of this band is strong live and in the studio. I feel the band has many interesting places to go still like a Zeppelin/ Doors. Maybe I will get some bowed upright sounds in there too. Noize-Please tell us more about your band The Owl and the album THE RIGHT THING…What are your aspirations for this new-ish group? CW-Well the whole experience has been very rewarding. It has been a great first half of the year with OWL. Getting featured in press like Rolling Stone, Revolver, and many others has been amazing and a surprise. We sold out shows in NY and LA. Kids lined up for the merch and we’d sell out. It’s a real treat to play with my long time friend Dan Dinsmore on drums. It’s a risk-taking band that is deferent and there really was no band like it until we formed OWL. We are here to take you on a new musical journey and be innovative. I’m looking forward to opening for some band and doing a proper USA tour and more new music. Noize-What made you want to be a front man? Were you nervous about the change or was it a natural progression?
CW-The front man thing can be a head trip but I always sing and play so I just went for it and it was very natural. It is just what I do. I have always been a singer-songwriter utilizing the bass. Noize-Are you a self taught musician or do you have formal training? CW-When the Cult’s “Electric” came out I had been written up as a teen a couple times in Guitar magazines for my extreme chops. I read what they said and that got me into theory and learning upright bass in college. So I’m self taught and got some formal training for the bow. I had a strong ear for music and the music theory just gave me the names for things in my head which is the best of both worlds. I use theory as a tool when stuck. I ended up becoming a teacher and made my living teaching bass for a while. I had about 40 students a week and got even deeper into theory. I eventually just would play in bands but I still teach on rare occasions. Noize-You have worked with greats like Ozzy and Mick Jagger: What other artists would you like to work with? CW-Dave Grohl on drums, Jack White, and me on upright bass. Noize-Do you have a musical bucketlist of goals you would like to achieve? CW-I want to take OWL around the world and show the Dan and our guitarist Jason Mezilis some of the amazing places I have been over the years. I feel obligated to push musical boundaries and bring it to the people in person. Noize-Thanks!!! THE CULT
The Cult Electric 13 Tour Dates:7/25 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues7/26 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues7/27 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore7/29 – Portland, OR – Roseland7/30 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo8/1 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot8/2 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre8/3 – Sturgis, ND – Buffalo Chip Festival8/5 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre8/8 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore8/9 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues8/10 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore8/11 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues8/13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution8/14 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues8/16 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Live8/17 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle8/18 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works8/20 – Silver Springs, MD – Fillmore8/22 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom8/23 – Boston, MA – House of Blues8/24 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino8/25 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts8/27 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues8/29 – Lake Charles, LA – L’Aubergine Casino Resort8/30 – Houston, TX – House of Blues8/31 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues9/1 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues9/3 – Austin, TX – ALC Live/Moody Theatre9/5 – Pheonix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre9/6 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues9/7 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theatre9/8 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues