Chris Church: Guitar
Chris Church, born May 10/1980, has been a fan of guitar and guitar driven music ever since he can remember.
His love for the six string began back in the late 80’s after hearing bands like Def Leppard and Guns n’Roses.
The sound of a lead guitar soaring through the speakers became an all out obsession – and for a few years – he would play on a broken hockey stick down in the basement while dreaming about playing like his hero’s.
When long time friend Kevin Cochrane picked up a real guitar and showed Chris a few licks the dream finally started becoming a reality.
Shortly after, with a sudden change in scenery and a new high school away from his friends – Chris found himself with a lot of spare time.
That is where his obsession turned into his passion for playing. The last two years of high school was all about the guitar.
Hours upon hours of playing paid off and it was time to get out of the basement and into a band.
In late 1999, long time friend and rhythm guitarist Jeff Bianchini called with news of finding a drummer (Dave Gibson) and a rehearsal space in his garage.
A few weeks later, bassist Brian Lenz joined the band and Freeburn was formed.
The chemistry was almost instant and the members never looked back. With a few changes behind the drums over the years, Chris was happy to land an exciting and versatile new drummer in Dave Shaw.
With a lot of similar influences and rock n’ roll showmanship, Dave became the perfect fit.
Though styles and influences have changed over the years, Chris still holds true to the idea that melody is key. Always the most important factor to the “Freeburn" sound.
He is able to bring his exploration of music and life experience through his guitar and still has the same passion for his craft that began years before.