If you ask Chainflower what kind of music they create, their response may surprise you. “Savagely unique,” they’ll say, which turns out to be the perfect description for the rising band’s personal brand of insightful modern rock. Their aggressive sound has been hailed as a modern rock and roll cocktail sparkling with influences of Led Zeppelin, Evanescence, Paramore, Stone Temple Pilots, The Dead Weather, The Pretty Reckless, Black Sabbath and The Runaways.
Coming from Los Angeles, the prodigious band was destined for rock stardom long before they signed a distribution deal with Universal Music Group Distribution/Hood Associates Records and racked up positive reviews in the press with only a handful of songs out at the time.
After Chainflower released two critically acclaimed EPs, they became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of rock artists,” as College Music Journal noted, adding that “the blast radius of Chainflower is expansive.” NeuFutur went on to say, “Chainflower is gritty and hard-hitting with a complexity that few in this style have. There are nods to the Detroit rock scene, the 80s goth of Sisters of Mercy, and just enough punk rock to keep things going at breakneck speed. While they could easily succeed in the grunge 90s, the time for Chainflower is now.” I Am Entertainment continued, “Chainflower is able to create rough and tumble rock that has enough catchiness to merit serious radio play. The guitars sizzle while the intense vocals and splashy drums shine, effectively tattooing their music deep in the hearts of those listening.”
Inspired by rock icons Led Zeppelin, Blondie, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Killing Joke, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Iggy Pop and more, Chainflower guitarist, songwriter, producer and founder Kelly Wheeler, created a vision of music and art that has driven the new band to major recognition in the music industry. Kelly has also gained success with recording and live appearances alongside other legendary artists from iconic bands including Jane’s Addiction, Berlin, Tool and Guns ’N Roses. Kelly is also the artist and director of Chainflower visuals from album art to concert posters to music videos.
Kelly’s recent search for a new singer led him to acclaimed vocalist, songwriter and recording artist, Syd Duran. While signed to Hollywood Records, Syd landed her first tour opening for the Jonas Brothers. She has opened for the epic rock band Korn and performed at major music festivals with Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Disturbed, Sevendust and Lita Ford. Syd’s powerful vocals received national headlines as the featured artist on Breaking Benjamin’s popular single “Blow Me Away”, hitting number 5 on the Billboard Rock Charts and heard in the Halo 2 original soundtrack. Syd’s solo work and recent single “Dust and Bone” continues to be featured on major TV networks and national commercials, including FIFA Women’s World Cup, 20/20, The Walking Dead, 68 Whiskey, American Gods, Total Bellas, ABC, E!, FOX and MTV.
After writing and recording new songs scheduled for release this year, Kelly and Syd were introduced to drummer Raanen Bozzio by good friend and world-renowned drummer, Ryan Brown, who suggested that Raanen join them on Chainflower’s journey.
Raanen Bozzio is the powerful drummer and son of drumming legend Terry Bozzio. Surrounded by music growing up, Raanen started playing professionally at age 11. He has recorded and shared the stage with many prominent artists including Cypress Hill, Wednesday 13, Periphery, Weed Eater, The Memorials, Orgy, Fact Pattern, and Lords of the Damned. Raanen is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals, DW Drums, Promark Drumsticks and Evans Drumheads.
Chainflower’s music is a collection of soul-baring, youth and female-driven rock about empowerment, restlessness, and self-image, that captures the fleeting, ultimately beautiful uncertainties that come with growing up and beyond. “Rock hasn’t always been inclusive, but there are certainly strong women that kicked in doors for bands like us,” Kelly and Syd say. “We believe that now is the greatest time in rock for amazingly talented women and the talented men who recognize them.”
Chainflower describes their new single, Brave, as “an expression of empowerment and determination and about not letting anyone or anything hold you back, regardless of how challenging life can be. It’s about calling on the incredible strength within us to push through any limits.”
Brave retains the hard edge, hook-filled vibe of its predecessors, while exploring new territory of additional keys and strings to create a wall of sound that some could call an indisputable and unfuckwithable rock masterpiece.
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