A veteran of the L.A. music scene, respected guitarist and songwriter Kelly Wheeler has played with members of Jane’s Addiction and Tool, along with his band SexTapes, which featured longtime Guns N’ Roses member Chris Pitman on lead vocals. Those esteemed experiences laid the groundwork for the explosive alternative rock sound of Chainflower, the 4-piece powerhouse based in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Silver Lake and Echo Park. Chainflower has released 2 EPs to critical acclaim and has toured locally, hitting hotspots that include The Viper Room, Bar Sinister, Los Globos, The Mint, Complex, and The Silverlake Lounge. Chainflower’s sound has been described as a modern cocktail that echoes influences of Led Zeppelin, The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age, The Pretty Reckless, Tonight Alive, Highly Suspect, The Runaways, Black Sabbath, Dorothy, and Evanescence.
Chainflower has prompted more than a few positive reviews in the press. After hearing their track The Fever, editor James McQuiston of NeuFutur Magazine said, “The Fever is a gritty and hard-hitting rock track that possesses a complexity that few tracks in this style have. There are nods to the Detroit rock scene, the eighties goth of Sisters of Mercy, and just enough punk music to keep things going at a breakneck speed. While the track could succeed in the grunge rock heyday and the years immediately after, I feel that the time for this music is right. Chainflower is able to one-up acts like The Pretty Reckless, creating rough and tumble rock music that has enough catchiness to merit some serious rotation on mainstream and hard rock radio stations. The production here allows the guitars to sizzle, the intense vocals, and the splashy drums to shine on their own as well as tattoo the track’s melody deep into the hearts of those listening in.”