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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Bryan Beller

INDIE ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Our "stay at home" moment is a great time to showcase some artists you may not have heard of. Nicola Denti is an excellent guitarist/composer from Parma, Italy. I tracked bass for his song "Awakening" on his just-released album "Egosfera". It's great instrumental guitar-oriented rock, with killer tones, riffs, and melodies to last for days. And amazing playing by Nicola, of course!

The whole album is available at Bandcamp right here:
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3 days ago

Bryan Beller

FOR THE CREATIVES (with bonus Dunlop Bass Wah action): I’m posting a video to say it’s ok not to post a video just because everyone’s posting a video, and also that it’s great that everyone’s doing that. Huh? Just watch. And stay safe. 🙏🙏
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4 days ago

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MONGOLIAN METAL: Well, maybe it's more hard rock than metal, but alliteration always achieves. This is The HU and they're perfect for those #stayhome moments we're all enjoying. Make sure you turn on the closed captioning/subtitles! 😉🤘

(Hat tip: Skippy Goyle)
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6 days ago

Bryan Beller

LATE SEPTEMBER DOGS ONLINE RECORD RELEASE *THIS SATURDAY NIGHT*: I was really excited to play with Zappa Vaultmeister/drummer Joe Travers at The Whisky on March 28 for Late September Dogs' record release gig for their new album "Learning To Fall". It's hard-grooving straight-up rock fronted by two female lead singers, Liz Teisan and Jackie Farrar, and featuring Liz's brother Dan Teisan and Jay Smith on guitar. Welp, that got cancelled along with everything else on my calendar. But you can check out the whole new album during their *online* record release watch party tomorrow (Saturday) night at 6:00pm Pacific. It will be a full album streaming video, kind of like I did with the "Scenes From The Flood" premiere events (not saying I invented this format or anything, just for reference!).

We're all looking for something to do while sequestered indoors, right? So I invite you to check it out, and hopefully one day when this all blows over, Travers and I can rock this material properly live. 🤘🤘THIS COMING SATURDAY! VIDEO PREMIERE WATCH PARTY! 6 PM PST

Want to hear @lateseptemberdogs new album in its entirety while watching a brand new, album-length video? Want to get more information on how and where to purchase CDs, vinyl and other merchandise? Join us on Facebook at 6:00 PM PST THIS COMING SATURDAY and we will tell you more!
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1 week ago

Bryan Beller

ATTENTION ASIA: As you can see below, the COVID-19 situation has forced the postponement of the upcoming Aristocrats Asia tour. We're working on a reschedule plan right now. I think my face in this poster says it all. 😉Dear Aristo-crowd in Asia!:
Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone our upcoming June-July tour in Asia. We announced shows in Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and had many more to announce, but we had to hold back in light of the recent developments. Currently many borders are closed, countries have cancelled all public events, and most crucially, visas have been cancelled or have become impossible to obtain for the short term future. So we are currently planning the new dates with the promoters in your country as we speak, and we'll inform you as soon as we can about the rescheduled shows. In the meantime, let’s all do our part, keep a safe social distance, stay informed with advice from local health experts, and together we’ll beat this so we can make this all happen again as soon as possible!

Thanks again and stay safe,
The Aristocrats
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