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by Bryan Beller

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about

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

Find out much, much more at www.bryanbeller.com

credits

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)

Mike Keneally appears courtesy of Exowax Recordings

Rick Musallam uses: Fender guitars, Taylor acoustic guitars, D'addario strings, Planet Waves cables, DigiTech
Mike Keneally uses: Fender guitars, Taylor acoustic guitars, Rivera amplifiers, Dean Markley strings
Wes Wehmiller uses: SWR amplification, La Bella strings
Fausto Cuevas uses: Latin Percussion, Zildjan cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Remo heads
Griff Peters uses: Carruthers guitars, Taylor acoustic guitars, Fender amps, SWR, Fulltone pedals, GHS strings
Joe Travers uses: DW drums, Zildjan cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Remo heads
Toss Panos uses: DW drums, Paiste cymbals, Remo heads, Regal Tip sticks
Bryan Beller uses: SWR amplification, Mike Lull basses, D'addario strings, Taylor acoustic/electric basses

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

thanks are not enough: Daryl Jamison, Martha C. Lawrence, my family, Katy Towell

(c) 2003 Onion Boy Records, All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: Bite
It’s too late to promise me –
cause I know what you’ve tried to be
And I know you like to lie

You kick you scream you beg and shout
Just to turn me inside out
Another dying in your mouth

And when you come to save me
Don’t watch me fade away

And though I know you’re nothing new
No one hurts me like you do when you
Bite down on me

It’s a taste made up of red –
leaves a flavor in your bed
When it goes right to your head

And when you come to take me
Don’t watch me fade away

And though I know you’re nothing new
No one hurts me like you do when you
Bite down on me
You – Bite down on me
Though I know you’re nothing new
No one kills me like you do when you
Bite down
You bite down
You bite down on me

I’m okay – you’re okay – ok?
I’m okay – you’re ok

(It's better for me if you let me do something to you...
you really don't want to be involved with me...
there's this thing that happens, at like, four months…
it's not you, it's me, really...
it's like sticking it right into her brain...
I'd better hit that self-destruct button between my legs.)

Your feather/razor touch
Is barely just too much

Come enslave me
And watch me fade away

And though I know you’re nothing new
No one hurts me like you do when you
Bite down on me
You – Bite down on me
Though I know you’re nothing new
No one kills me like you do when you
Bite down
You bite down
You bite down on me
You bite down
You bite down
You bite down on me
Track Name: Projectile
I know what you want
Because you told me
But there is something
I think you owe me

So what do I want?
Why don't you tell me
Why don't you tell me
Why can't you tell me?

Why can't you tell me?
Why can't you tell me?
Why can't you sell me?
Don't f*cking tell me

Don't f*cking tell me
Don't f*cking tell me
Don't f*cking tell me
Just stay beneath me

You don't belong here
You don't belong here
You don't belong here
You won't be long here
Track Name: Wildflower
I'm only down here for a show
You know
It's only right that I should go
I know

Although
We know
What's so
Something I simply can't outgrow
So long
Ago
And yet my soul remains aglow
But no
I'll go
(at least that much to you I owe)
And show
The love
Unto myself I can't bestow

I belong right here