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Chris was once the bassist with Seattle's Vegas In Flames, a band he played in with ex-Coffin Break (Epitaph Records) drummer Dave Brooks, prior to reinventing himself as you see here. Chris also toiled in indie and/or punk bands too numerous to mention through the 1990's and 2000's, and with these acts variously played The Sunset Tavern, The Crocodile Cafe, The Fun House, Chop Suey, El Corazon, The Rainbow, The Monkey Pub, The Fenix Underground, The Lobo, and Sit 'n Spin.
Anyway, Chris grew restless with the sideman thing at some point. Around then he began referring to himself in the third person on public Web sites and, more importantly, recording songs in a digital home studio. He laid down vocals and guitar, Andy played drums, and Steve, a survivor of New York City's club circuit, played bass--Chris Mess was born. Brooks, formerly of Angela Hammontree Band, plays guitar with the live band. The band that is Chris Mess has a sound rooted in the indie / glam / punk / metal aesthetic, with a smattering of absurdity and vocal craziness a la The Darkness, David Bowie, or The Mars Volta. The Chris Mess EP has received airplay on KEXP 90.3 FM's "Audio Oasis". Chris Mess is playing local shows NOW.