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Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond

Pawn and Prophecy: An Interview with Mike LePond

Symphony X bassist Mike LePond is gearing up to release his second album with his solo project, Silent Assassins, and it’s a beast of an album. Pawn and Prophecy is an eight-song adventure leading listeners through the bassist’s favorite literature. Songs vary in story from Greek mythology to literature like H.P. Lovecraft. The masterpiece of the album is a 20-minute...

Elevator Man: An Interview with Lorenzo Feliciati

Elevator Man: An Interview with Lorenzo Feliciati

Like much of his music, Italian bassist and composer Lorenzo Feliciati’s new album, , blends his loves of jazz and rock together in an amazing and eclectic way. However, the new release has a decidedly prog-rock flavor that evokes the likes of King Crimson and Allan Holdsworth while remaining entirely fresh. That’s not an accident. “While a varied stylistic approach...

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Back To The Start: An Interview With Bruce Thomas

Back To The Start: An Interview With Bruce Thomas

We know that many No Treble readers are big fans of Bruce Thomas of The Attractions, as the recent transcriptions of his bass lines have been popular features. So it’s good to hear that he’s been in the studio again. He has recorded a new album called in collaboration with singer-songwriter Spencer Brown, with ten new tracks and a cover...

Remember The Story: An Interview with Scott Reeder

Remember The Story: An Interview with Scott Reeder

The Los Angeles-based metal outfit Fireball Ministry is back with their fifth studio album. Remember The Story, which is their first since their 2010 self-titled release, is also the first to feature the monster bass work of Scott Reeder. Reeder was 25 when he joined the recently reformed The Obsessed, with whom he recorded two albums. In 1992 he left...

The Blood of Gods: An Interview With Beefcake The Mighty

The Blood of Gods: An Interview With Beefcake The Mighty

Prepare yourselves, you puny humans. Gwar is making their triumphant return on October 20th with The Blood of Gods, an 11-track album chronicling the band’s history of war against the creatures of Earth. If you’ve never seen the Richmond, Virginia-based band, their on-stage antics may come as a shock. The group portrays an elite fighting force of aliens with oversized...

Off Beat: An Interview with Katie Thiroux

Off Beat: An Interview with Katie Thiroux

Bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux is having a good year, to put it mildly. She just spent the summer in residence at Quincy Jones’s new jazz club in Dubai, and her sophomore album, , was released in August. Now she’s supporting the album with a U.S. trek followed by a tour of Denmark. Produced by drum legend Jeff Hamilton, Off...

Smoke On This: An Interview With Rex Brown

Smoke On This: An Interview With Rex Brown

Rex Brown has traveled the globe playing bass in some of the world’s greatest metal bands, but that’s only one facet to his musicality. Now fans are able to hear another side of the musician on his debut solo album, entitled Smoke On This. The record draws on Brown’s early influences from the ’70s and showcases his abilities as a...

The Revolution: An Interview with BrownMark

The Revolution: An Interview with BrownMark

A Minneapolis native, BrownMark has always known what it means to be funky. The bassist cut his teeth in the musically rich city before being picked up by the one and only Prince in 1981 for his 1981 Controversy tour. The bassist held his own and was featured on the albums Around the World In A Day, Parade, Sign o’...

Unify: An Interview with Billy Sherwood

Unify: An Interview with Billy Sherwood

When Billy Sherwood first formed the band World Trade with Guy Allison, Bruce Gowdy, and Mark T. Williams in 1988, he probably didn’t know that it would help lead him to his current musical situation. The band’s demos caught the ear of Yes’s Chris Squire, leading the two to work together throughout the years. The legendary bassist chose Sherwood as...

Behold the Seer: An Interview with Jeff Hill

Behold the Seer: An Interview with Jeff Hill

Jeff Hill may be the newest member of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, but he’s no novice. The skilled bassist cut his teeth on rock and jazz in Chicago and New York City for years before becoming a go-to player for artists like Rufus Wainwright, Shooter Jennings, Linda Thompson, and more. Now his fantastic groove and tone are featured in the...