LIGHT IS THE REVELATION – A REVIEW FROM SICK LIT MAGAZINE
Released on August 21st, 2015, this latest offering from High Desert Fires’ founding member, guitarist Chris Traynor is, indeed, a revelation.
Traynor’s unique sound and innate ability to transport his listener to a different realm blew me away as soon as the opening track, Azrael, began to play. His vision has truly come to fruition–and it is badass.
Roll down your windows, put your feet up and turn the sound up to max. It’s reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane and the Beatles, but with a modern (And Chris Traynor) twist.
And it’s damn refreshing.
The EP’s second track, Fernwood, is reminiscent of the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun.
“When my daughter was born, I put down the guitar for a month and I would listen to Beatles’ records first on the left and then on the right to kind of hear all the parts. I got way deep into the Beatles,” said Traynor of the Beatles’ influence on him. (onesecondbush.com/bush/biography/chris_traynor)
I’ve followed Traynor’s work since 2002, when the guitarist officially joined the BUSH lineup. He went on to Institute with Gavin Rossdale from 2004-2006, stayed on board with Rossdale when he went solo, and was back for the long-awaited and much-anticipated BUSH reunion in 2010.
But, I have to say, as far as so-called side projects go, this is no side project. This is the real deal. This album enlivens every cell in my body while illuminating the sun for me–even on a rainy, dark day. What would we give it out of five stars? I’d give it six if I could.
Nice work, Traynor and Co.
We dig it over here at Sick Lit Magazine.
Members: Jen Turner (guitar, vocals) Gabriella Da Silva (Vocals) Taylor McLam (drums, vocals) Drew Broadrick (Piano, Vocals) Chris Traynor (Guitar, Vocals) Sibyl Buck (Bass, Vocals) Naren Rauch (multi-instrumentalist/Orchestration)
** For more information on Chris Traynor or High Desert Fires, follow them on Twitter @HighDesertFires / @CT3GUITAR , check out their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/High-Desert-Fires-206903949451768/timeline/, and LISTEN TO THE MUSIC!! GO HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/light-is-the-revelation-ep/id1023014696 **