Song for Zed
Boom Boom Pow (Live)
Bong for Your Mom
Ziggy Stardust (Live)
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METALSLUDGE.com: THIS CD IS ONE HOT MESS
Official Metal Sludge review: “The Chris Mess EP”
“Among the brightest new rock hopefuls is Chris Mess, who has a put out a self-titled CD that leans toward 70s-era glam with a hint of British glitter a la The Darkness and early Queen…..the production is absolutely sparkling — include 13-part harmonies on “centerpiece” track “Song For Zed” that recalls the awesome splendor of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” – Gerry Gittleson, METAL SLUDGE, June 2016
CITYWEEKLY.com (Salt Lake City)
#3 Bong for Your Mom, Chris Mess. “…now you have an idea what to give the woman who gave you life this year. Not to mention a kickass new band in your life. Check out the whole EP by these Seattle glam-rockers…fronted by a creative genius who looks like a settled-down Hedwig.” – Randy Harward, CityWeekly.net, Dec. 2016
Chris is a Seattle native, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who toiled in an array of Seattle rock n’ roll, indie, and punk bands through the 1990’s and 2000’s, as leader and sideman. He got his live wings schlepping his battered gear across a cross-section of Seattle stages of today and yore—The Sunset Tavern, The Crocodile Cafe, The Fun House, Chop Suey, El Corazon, and defunct but fondly remembered 206 dives like The Lobo and Sit ‘n Spin.
A few years into the “oughts”, several things collided in Chris’ mind: First, a childhood spent listening to 1970’s Seattle radio stations like KJR and KZOK—the bright AM radio shimmer of KJR’s top 40; the lysergic KZOK FM hard rock playlists of that decade. And then there was the stamp (scar?) left from a brief, hairraising time gigging in Hollywood, California in the late 1980’s. And finally, contemporary life in Seattle.
All was clear: Just a few years before we hit 2020, what better time to embrace the majesty of rock, the pageantry of roll—a bit of pomp to go with current circumstances. Whatever. Against odds and good sense, Chris Mess was born.