VIEW (2003)

 


Long known as a uniquely talented yet tasteful hired gun bassist for the more adventurous rock guitarists of recent times (Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Wayne Kramer), Bryan Beller ventures out on his own with his debut solo album, View

Those familiar with his main body of work – nine years, five albums and countless tours with former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally – are well aware of his ability to navigate the complex, sometimes impossibly dense forms and styles present in Keneally’s work…all with the polish, simplicity and accessibility one might expect from a pop bassline. Both a repeat feature subject and three-year columnist for Bass Player Magazine, Beller has long drawn the attention of music fans with a discriminating taste for high-caliber playing. 

But far from aspiring to bass heroism, Beller instead builds a carefully crafted emotional tapestry of interweaving themes and styles – a true album in the old-fashioned sense. Drawing on influences as disparate as John Scofield and Rage Against The Machine, Michael Landau and Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails and his mentor, Mike Keneally, the resulting body of work runs the gamut from hardcore jazz/rock to vocal pop to world beat while somehow staying thematically intact, all the while displaying equal parts density and sensitivity, melody and dissonance, tranquility and furious release. 

Musicians include guitarists Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam (Ben Taylor Band), Griff Peters and Yogi; drummers Toss Panos (Toy Matinee, Steve Vai) and Joe Travers (Dweezil Zappa, Lisa Loeb). 



“Just when you thought Beller couldn’t possibly be good at another thing, he releases a solo album so good it makes you wonder why he bothered doing anything else…View shows how terrific Beller is as a bassist, but it also establishes his real musical talent as a writer. It’s a thrill to witness an artist like Beller find his voice with such a self-assured debut.” – Bill Leigh, Bass Player Magazine 

“Seven Percent Grade shows that charging fingerstyle fusion is as comfortable for [Beller] as a fine rock riff…and both “Bite” and “See You Next Tuesday” show he can rock with the best….Inventive solo pieces such as “Elate” & “No” show that Beller isn’t going to fall into any clichés either. Inventive and creative, View end[s] up as a complete and compelling album, which I’m still enjoying right now.” – Adrian Ashton, Bass Guitar Magazine (U.K.) 

“Bryan is one of those bass players who just knows how to put the right note in the right place at the right time…monster playing and good vibes.” – Michael Manring (solo artist, Attention Deficit) 

“A unique blend of solid old school playing with modern sensibility and lots of edge.” – Andy West (Dixie Dregs) 

“Every expectation you may have about this album is going to be blown clear out of the water when you hear it. It’s really, really good, unique and intricate and ballsy and beautifully performed.” – Mike Keneally 

released October 28, 2003 


all music and lyrics written by Bryan Beller 
© 2003 Panorama Ataraxia Music BMI 
except 

*Backwoods 
music by John Patitucci 
© 1990 Universal MCA Music 

**Bite 
music by Wes Wehmiller 
lyrics by Colin Keenan 
© 1995 Maximum Music BMI 

produced by Bryan Beller 
recorded and mixed by Nick D’Virgilio 
additional engineering and key Pro Tools engineering by Ed Monsef 

tracked and mixed at 
Lawnmower Studio and Garden Supplies 
Pasadena, CA, April-June 2003 
key editing performed at 
Ear Kandy Studio, Toluca Lake, CA 
mastered by Jay Frigoletto at 
Mastersuite, Hollywood, CA 

art design and title concept by Katy Towell 

road photography by Wes Wehmiller 
cityscape photo in cover window by Stanley Leary 
© Georgia Tech Research Corporation/Georgia Institute of Technology
sound effects – Creative Sound Design/The Recordist.com 
documentation and cartage – Wayne Perez 
charts – Chris Opperman 
movie dialogue excerpts from “in the company of men” © 1998 Columbia/Tristar Studios 
additional sound effects – Wayne Perez and Ed Monsef of Team Burl Core, LLC (Respect Division) 

thanks and love to everyone who helped make this a reality and to all who provided support along the way 

(c) 2003 Onion Boy Records, All Rights Reserved

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2 days ago

Bryan Beller

WHAT'S *YOUR* CONCEPT ALBUM? It's Sunday so let's take a hard left turn here: When I ask that question, "concept album" is a metaphor for "that thing you always wanted to do". Maybe you're working on it now, maybe you're trying to figure out how to start it. Maybe you did it already, and if so, that's great. I'm not even just talking about music here. Could be anything.

I say this because of what I'm experiencing and realizing as it sinks in that "Scenes From The Flood" is complete and released. I suspected somewhere inside that this was really the record I wanted to make for my entire life. But now that it's really out there, it's no longer a suspicion. It feels like a noise that's been in my head for years - decades? - has been replaced by a quiet calm. It's kind of amazing.

And then I thought: Surely everyone has (or had) something like this in their head. Why not kick that up for discussion on a Sunday?

We'll have plenty of time to talk about the record going forward, and more press is coming up this week. Also, I know not everyone has heard it yet, and no one has the vinyl yet! So, plenty more SFTF excitement to come.

I remain profoundly grateful for the incredible feedback thus far. 🙂

-BB

P.S. This pic was captured not far from the album front and back cover shots, which were taken at roughly the same time of day just under three years ago.
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3 days ago

Bryan Beller

YOUR THOUGHTS ON RELEASE DAY + 1: I've said plenty about "Scenes From The Flood". Now it's your turn. If you've got it, and you've heard it, sound off! As they said back in the day, open thread.

This moonrise pic was taken last night, as I tried to absorb the feeling of knowing the album was finally out there, and how incredibly gracious and awesome everyone's reactions have been so far. Saying "thank you" is just totally inadequate. I can't put it into words. I can, however, always say that "Scenes From The Flood" was released under a full moon in Pisces on Friday the 13th...for those who take note of those sorts of things. 😉

There's more press and reviews coming up, starting on Monday. For now, the microphone is yours.
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4 days ago

Bryan Beller

THE REAL HERO HERE: Forrester Savell mixed and mastered “Scenes From The Flood” with me for **nine months**. You’re hearing his genius and determination right now.

Australia, you have much to be proud of. 🇦🇺
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TODAY'S PRESS: Thanks to Scott Collins @guitar_muse for this cool extended interview. Did you know "The Storm" was influenced by a Macedonian folk song? Very cool extended chat. Meanwhile: THANK YOU to all for your amazing "Scenes From The Flood" reax!

https://t.co/a66FX278sr

Not to be overly mercenary, but in the spirit of trying to be helpful here: Anyone listening digitally who wants more detailed info on "Scenes From The Flood" can pick up the 28-page digi-booklet PDF from my webstore for just $5. https://t.co/aSAGLG0Tuo

Martin Auger@auger_martin

@bryanbeller @JPetrucci I haven’t found a list of who plays what on your website, i guess I’ll have to wait to 2LP to get to my mailbox

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