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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Bryan Beller

And here it is, the cover of the fourth Aristocrats studio album, "You Know What...?". Release date is set for June 28! More details below...Our fourth studio album, “You Know What…?” is complete! This might just be our most ambitious release yet. During the writing and recording of this album we feel like we inspired each other as songwriters and musicians to do things we've never done before as a band. Yet still, it's totally, completely an Aristocrats album. We think it may be the coolest thing we've done yet and we can’t wait for you to hear it! “You Know What…?” will be released on June 28th, with pre-sales available in early June. Whether you prefer a physical product, digital download or streaming, we’ve got you covered. And continuing our Aristocratic tradition of illustrated artwork, Graphic Artist Hajo Müller has created this awesome cover art for us. We’ll be sharing some audio clips and other details with you soon so make sure you check in on us here, or if you want to be certain you’ll receive news of everything Aristocrats-related you can sign up to our mailing list: www.reverbnation.com/page_object/join_mailing_list/artist_6281141 ... See MoreSee Less

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THEY. ARE. BOTH. DONE.
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I will have a lot to say about this very soon. For right now, I’m just stunned, elated, exhausted and grateful.
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I want to speak with Francis Dunnery's accent, just for a day. Maybe at Aristocamp I'll learn how to do it. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Many more Aristocrats North America tour dates just announced! Southeast, Texas, Southwest, this is for you....This is the post many of you have been waiting for. Phase 2 of our North America tour!! Here are the dates (with a couple more yet to be announced):

09-Aug, Asheville, Isis Music Hall
10-Aug, Nashville, City Winery
11-Aug, Atlanta, Aisle5
14-Aug, Orlando, SoundBar
15-Aug, Boca Raton, Funky Biscuit
16-Aug, Tampa, Brass Mug
17-Aug, Jacksonville, Nighthawk's
19-Aug, New Orleans / Metarie, Southport Hall
21-Aug, Houston, Scout Bar
22-Aug, San Antonio, Sam's Burger Joint
23-Aug, Austin, The Dirty Dog
24-Aug, McKinney, Guitar Sanctuary
27-Aug, Albuquerque, Launchpad
29-Aug, Phoenix, Club Red
30-Aug, Mexicali, Bol Bol
31-Aug, San Diego (Ramona), Ramona MainStage

The excellent Travis Larson Band will be opening for us at all of these shows. Full details and ticket links will be available soon at the-aristocrats-band.com
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3 weeks ago

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Guess what? Michael Manring will be a guest instructor at The Aristocamp! I've been a fan and admirer of Michael for so many years - one of the few *truly* unique voices on the instrument. He does so many things I could never dream of doing - it's almost like he bends time and physics on the bass! And it's always in a beautiful, shimmering manner. Plus, his mental/spiritual approach is very enlightening. It's my honor to have him joining our little shindig up near Woodstock, NY on June 18-21. Please go to www.aristocamp.com for more information! ... See MoreSee Less

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