Photo Credit: Carl Mahoney
On April 16, 2013, Chris Wyse and Jason Mezilis of OWL, via @OwlTheBand , was my #GuitarChat guest of the week at 9pm (ET). Hosted by @Guitarkadia. Some of you may remember my interview and photos of the band from 2009.
THE ALBUM & THE GIVEAWAYS
First chance to win a copy of THE RIGHT THING –
Simply leave a comment below with your favorite track from the album and you’re entered for the giveaway. I’ll pick a winner from a random drawing on the 16th.
You can add to your chances of winning by 2 (TWO) more copies:
If you’re in L.A., catch the OWL live on April 12th at 8pm at The Roxy.
Born in Queens, NY, Chris Wyse became fascinated with music at an early age. After immersing himself in the Celtic tunes his Irish parents fancied, he discovered Kiss, The Doors, and Led Zeppelin in grade school, and all bets were off. Picking the bass as his instrument of choice after being inspired by Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris, Wyse quickly began fashioning a style all his own. In fact, he was even profiled at just 17 years old in Guitar Player Magazine for his innovative approach to the bass. He has recorded with The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, Tal Bachman, and countless others, as well as his own heavy alternative trio, Owl
Relocating to Los Angeles saw him join Tool bassist Paul D’Amour’s Lusk as a touring member. After recording with legendary producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe), Wyse’s name amongst rock’s elite became solidified. A stint with Scott Weiland’s Big Blue Missile came next as well as recording with Bob Rock’s own outfit The Payolas, Nina Gordon, Tal Bachman and more.
At Rock’s suggestion, Wyse cut the staggering bass tracks on The Cult’s Beyond Good and Evil in 2001. Receiving unanimous acclaim and notoriety for his work on the record, he moved on to one of his biggest projects to date, recording “Visions of Paradise” for Mick Jagger’s Goddess in the Doorway. Soon after, Wyse auditioned to play bass in Metallica, and was featured in the band’s documentary Some Kind of Monster in the process.
Meanwhile, Wyse regularly jammed around Los Angeles with the likes of super groups Camp Freddy and Cardboard Vampyres. He joined Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s solo band on bass and backup vocals alongside drummer Mike Bordin (Ozzy Osbourne, Faith No More). Together, they also collaborated on Ozzy Osbourne’s Under Cover and the Prince of Darkness box set.
In 2006, The Cult called Wyse back to bass and backup vocal duties, and they unveiled a series of live CDs followed up by the studio effort, Born Into This. He’s been rocking with The Cult ever since as a full band member, including the band’s 2012 landmark Choice of Weapon.
2009 formally introduced the world to rock outfit Owl, which Wyse fronts. With childhood friend and drummer Dan Dinsmore along with guitarist Jason Mezilis, Owl dropped their self-titled debut – a swirling epic in its own right. The group’s sophomore effort, The Right Thing, was released this week.
Jason Achilles Mezilis
Jason Achilles Mezilis is a veteran of the LA music scene, where he has performed with, produced, and recorded a number of bands in the west coast indie circuit. He is also a studio owner, and divides his time between live performance with OWL, and ongoing recording and production work. He is an accomplished pianist, having studied classically from a young age, and had only been inspired to pick up the guitar a week after his first “Van Halen” concert at the age of 16. An eventual Bachelor’s in Music from the University of California, Berkeley – and a number of internships at various recording studios – led him through the streets of Oakland, San Francisco, and eventually the southland – where he now resides in Hollywood.
Jason and Chris met through a mutual acquaintance in LA’s legendary (now-defunct) ‘Opium Den’ nightclub. A 7-year long friendship ensued, eventually paving the way for their making music together. Despite being the ‘odd-man-out’ in Chris and Dan’s long-time friendship, Jason has found a comfortable niche in the OWL nest, due in large part to his gleeful initiative to try and tell everybody else what to do, all the time.