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 

music by John Patitucci 
© 1990 Universal MCA Music 

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 
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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Thank you CHICAGO for a sellout show at Reggie’s! A truly awesome Aristocratic night. 👍🤘 On to Indianapolis!

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GRIFF PETERS (Mike Keneally, Billie Myers):
One of Beller's closest friends, and one of the most important contributors to Beller's first two solo albums, Griff Peters attended Berklee College Of Music in the early 90s at the same time as Beller and drummer Joe Travers. In the nearly three decades since, they've played together in various lineups with Mike Keneally, BB's live band, and in the performances of the late Wes Wehmiller's band I, Claudius at the annual WesFest benefit concert series. Griff's unique vintage tone was built into the foundation of several key Beller compositions, from the growling "Cave Dweller", to the fusion workout "Get Things Done", to the signature title track ballads from “View” and “Thanks In Advance”. BB chose Griff's spot for “Scenes From The Flood” very carefully, and Peters made the most of it by supplying over twenty tracks of lead and layered guitars, and putting his stamp on the mood-setting, slow-burning track that kicks off vinyl Side 2, "Always Worth It".
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TEDDY KUMPEL: (Joe Jackson, solo artist)
During Beller's time in Nashville from 2006-2013, one of the relatively few local gigs he regularly performed there was with a singer/songwriter named Saul Zonana. Saul had moved down to Nashville from New York, and had a pop/prog, hard rock/Beatles-y vibe to his solo material. On one gig, Zonana invited a friend from New York onto the gig for some additional guitar textures. That friend was Teddy Kumpel, and Beller was immediately taken with his tone and vibe. He soon found himself devouring Kumpel's solo releases “The Man” and “Songs In Tomato Sauce” (BB's choice picks: "I'm It, For Now", "We've Got Chemistry" and "Get Out of My Way".) Over ten years later, Beller finally realized his longtime desire to collaborate with Kumpel on the track "Always Worth It", one of the longer and more involved songs on “Scenes From The Flood”, and one that required a guitar solo that was funky, bluesy, jazzy, and slightly *bent*. In other words, Kumpel's specialty.

Teddy Kumpel pic by Michael Weintrob
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One of the great pleasures of this The Aristocrats tour is being on the road with the Travis Larson Band, and their awesome bassist Jennifer Young. I'm really pleased with our working relationship and the consistently high level of professionalism and appropriateness on display, no matter how long and hard our touring days are together. I see us as role models for the youth of tomorrow in many ways. ... See MoreSee Less

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"Steiner In Ellipses" - artwork for Track 5 of the progressive double concept album "Scenes From The Flood". (Bonus points for correct guesses on the hidden meaning here.) ... See MoreSee Less

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GRIFF PETERS: Beller's friend and musical compatriot of nearly 30 years - and lead guitarist on the title tracks of his 2 previous solo albums - created an entire world of melodic & textural sound for one of "Scenes From The Flood"'s key thematic compositions, "Always Worth It".

The whole album drops September 13. One song is out now ("The Storm") on YouTube w/video. A second song video ("Volunteer State") drops in early August. Pre-orders from get the song "Bunkistan" e-mailed to them right away.

Martin Auger@auger_martin

@bryanbeller i’ve got to say You Know What is now my fav Aristocrats album.... When can we hear yours ?

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