Chris Warner

Chris Warner

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Recognised for his passionate “heart on sleeve” performances, Anti Singer-Songwriter CHRIS WARNER plays an eclectic mix of laid back country infused folk to all out punky rock n roll.

Biography

CHRIS WARNER is a daydreaming, punk rock loving, Indie Singer-Songwriter from Leicester, England. A well known fixture on the local music scene, Chris has shared stages with Supergrass, Macy Gray, Steve Earle and Jose Gonzalez, as well as supported international touring acts Keane and Biffy Clyro. Recognised for his passionate “heart on sleeve” live performances, most are first struck by his warm melodic voice, while his versatile guitar work and clever use of dynamics confuses and impresses many with how big a sound he can create for a man simply with a voice and guitar.

From Fugazi to Sam Cooke, he’s a fan of all great music however cites the rock bands of the 90’s, especially those evolving from the Seattle Grunge scene as his major influences. His attitude and approach to music is firmly rooted in the DIY punk-rock ethos in which music is all about passion, not perfection.

In 2011 he was approached by Barnstaple film maker Andy Haworth to write the soundtrack to his then forthcoming surf film “Devon Lanes and Longboards”. Upon release the film went on to raise £5500 for MacMillan Cancer Research, gaining the songwriter recognition outside of his hometown. 2012 started strongly with the release of his free to download acoustic EP “Whilst Dylan Sleeps”, recorded at the home studio of lifelong friend Rob Connolley and aptly named after his new born daughter while trying to keep noise levels down. This leads to the present day and the opening of chapter “Temporary Fix”.

TEMPORARY FIX will be Chris Warner’s second EP of the year and showcases the songwriter truly coming of age. Wanting to illustrate there’s much more than the misguided “summer” tag he earned after the release of “Devon Lanes”, the musician found himself drawing inspiration from his early influences of rock n roll, experimenting with a harder hitting, darker sound. The result is a collection of songs that challenge the listener, yet still stay true to his affection of melody and hooks.

“It’s a very honest collection of songs lyrically, musically and in performance and production too” says Warner. “Life is far from perfect but that’s what makes it interesting. You have to embrace the imperfections. The same goes with music. It’s about passion; flawless music quickly becomes tiresome to listen to and therefore disposed of.”

Working again with producer Rob Connolley and multi-instrumentalist Nick Bott, what’s immediately apparent is Warner’s diversity and how he’s able to shift musical gear with absolute ease. From the all out punky rock n’ roll opener “Alright!” it’s clear to see the artist means business. Hot on its heels “Rewind” keeps the foot on the pedal with its contemporary rock riff and thought provoking lyrics while the acoustic tinged “Wearing Scars” highlights Warner’s knack for simple yet effective song writing. The trio stretches its musical muscles on the soulful title track “Temporary Fix” which after an energetic three minutes, collapses into a melodic melancholic jam ending with a clever swirl of production. Leading out the EP is the laid back country infused “There Will Come A Day” which sees Warner soberly reflect the possibility of a lonely end. “There’s a stranger at my grave, looking down on a name, in a stone that’s old and overgrown still I, won’t have the ache of one more day...”

Indeed as those closest to him already know, there’s much more to Chris Warner than what’s found on the surface and you’re never quite sure where the wave he’s riding is going to take you. One thing is for sure however, this is what makes him one of the most exciting artists on the indie circuit.

TEMPORARY FIX will be released in CD and Digital formats on Monday 3rd December via Trading Magic For Fact.

Discography

TEMPORARY FIX (EP): Dec 2012
WHILST DYLAN SLEEPS (EP): March 2012
DEVON LANES & LONGBOARDS (Album/Soundtrack): May 2011

Set List

Chris Warner is available as a solo artist or band depending on requirements. His set contains original material usually lasting anything between 25-60 minutes, again depending on requirements.