Chris Wyse is an American bassist and vocalist, known for his performances with Jerry Cantrell, The Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, and Mick Jagger, amongst 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, and will release 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.
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 guitarist Jason Mezilis.