Basic Background Info
During the sixth grade, Christopher James Gaylor joined his school marching band hoping to learn to play drums. Chris Gaylor's father, a drummer in high school and college, shared this passion for drumming. Father and son listened to the music of Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Philly Joe Jones and looked at pictures of the drummers' vintage drum kits.
In marching band Chris Gaylor first played the bells and xylophone, but he soon progressed to snare and eventually quad toms. At home he worked on a practice pad before upgrading to a drum kit. During the eighth grade, Chris Gaylor quit the school band to focus on playing his drum kit; he practiced at home by watching and emulating drummers.
Along with his father's jazz, Chris Gaylor listened to classic rock. His favorites included The Rolling Stones, Stewart Copeland, Bill Bruford, and Kenny Aronoff. Chris Gaylor's taste later evolved to include punk rock and hardcore; his style evolved from all these inspirations and his time in the marching band.
In 2002 Chris Gaylor and his friend Mike Kennerty joined The All-American Rejects, a band from Stillwater, Oklahoma, a town about fifty miles north of Chris's hometown of Edmond. Kennerty was playing in a band called Euclid Crash, which was looking for a drummer and Mike invited Gaylor to join them for a few shows. They played two of these shows with the All-American Rejects. AAR immediately asked Kennerty to join their lineup. When Euclid Crash broke up in 2002, AAR invited Chris to join them for a handful of performances. Gaylor quickly prepared for several shows promoting their self titled debut and eventually joined the band as an official member.
Between recording and touring with AAR, Chris and Mike started a hardcore punk side project called These Enzymes. They released the EP Henry in 2004.
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