“My experience with PRS so far has been nothing short of amazing. Not only are the guitars absolutely beautiful but the way they play and feel is exactly what I’ve been looking for. With Bad Wolves we have few different tunings we use from drop C to drop G and PRS guitars are able to accommodate all of the different tunings and sounds I am trying to capture.”
– Chris Cain
Chris Cain first picked up the guitar at age 12 when he was growing up in Des Moines, Iowa. He has had a pretty diverse career as a guitarist after falling in love with the instrument! At age 18, Chris moved to Sacramento, CA to play in his first signed band, Elysia. After putting out a record with Elysia and touring, the band broke up prompting Chris to move back to Iowa and join a new band, For The Fallen Dreams. After a year of playing in FTFD and recording one record with them, Chris ended up leaving the band to join Bury Your Dead. Chris stayed with Bury Your Dead for a bit until rejoining the staff at a venue he had previously worked at as a stage hand and runner.
One evening, a tour manager at the club offered Chris a job as a guitar tech. He ended up moving to Los Angeles where he was a tech for acts including Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat, Mike Posner, Julian Casablancas, 5 Seconds of Summer, The Chainsmokers, and a few others from July 2013 to February 2018. It was around 2014 that Chris started working on Bad Wolves with current drummer John Boecklin. He was only able to work on the music when he was home in between tours as a tech. Currently, Bad Wolves is his full time gig and he loves it!
PRS: What was it about that guitar that first pulled you in? Who were some of your biggest musical influences?
CC: As a kid and when I first started playing guitar I listened to a lot of classic rock/metal like AC/DC, Metallica, Black Sabbath/Ozzy, KISS, ect. As I became a teenager I started to listen to more aggressive music and bands like Pantera, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Korn, ect. Zakk Wylde has been and still is my favorite guitar player.
PRS: What do you do to warm up before you hit the stage?
CC: Nothing crazy, I stretch a little, listen to music in the dressing room, drink an energy drink and playing guitar for a bit.
PRS: If you had to name one song (or record) that changed your life, what would it be?
CC: Black Sabbath - Paranoid (Record). I remember when I was 12 and just starting to play guitar I had the CD and then got the tab book for this record shortly after and these were some of the first full songs I learned on guitar and what really introduced me to hard rock/metal music.
PRS: What attracted to you to PRS Guitars?
CC: The craftsmanship first and foremost, you know you are getting quality with a PRS guitar. I remember playing a few of my friends PRS customs a few years ago and being blown away with how effortless it seemed to play. Aside for how nice the guitars play and the quality of the instrument, I like the way it looks.
PRS: You are currently using a SE277, SE Holcomb and SE SVN... describe how these three models fit into the material you guys are playing.
CC: With Bad Wolves we use a few different tunings ranging from drop C to drop G and these three guitars help accommodate those tunings we use. The SVN is the main guitar used throughout the set, 277 for Officer Down and the Holcomb for Zombie.
PRS: When you aren't writing music or touring, what do you like to do during your free time?
CC: Hang out with my family, collect shoes and BBQ every day if possible.
PRS:What advice would you give to all the young and emerging guitarists out there?
CC: Work on being as original as possible and paving your own path with the art you create.