Basic Background Info

Birth: April 11, 1979
Location: Edmond, Oklahoma
Band: The All-American Rejects, These Enzymes
Genres: Pop Punk, Rock, Hardcore, Punk Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



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.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2001 Same Girl, New Songs EP The All-American Rejects
2002 The All-American Rejects The All-American Rejects
2003 Live from Oklahoma... The Too Bad for Hell DVD! The All-American Rejects
2004 Henry EP These Enzymes
2005 Move Along The All-American Rejects
2005 The Bite Back EP The All-American Rejects
2007 These Ones Are Bitter Ben Weasel
2007 Tournado DVD The All-American Rejects
2008 Remember Us? The All-American Rejects
2008 When the World Comes Down The All-American Rejects
2012 Kids in the Street The All-American Rejects
2013 Brainless God Direct Hit


  • Chris has at least 26 tattoos.
  • Chris once saw old videos of him playing drums and noticed that he really only played with his wrists, rather than his arms. He thought it seemed boring to watch and since has worked to "move around more to be more entertaining."

  • Chris considers Dave Grohl the John Bonham of his era.
  • Gaylor prefers the look and feel of vintage and vintage-inspired drum kits.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Tama
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Tama
Sticks: Vater

Pics & Clips