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Mike Keneally

MIKE KENEALLY was 25 when he joined Frank Zappa's band in 1987. Since then, he's played in the bands of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Devin Townsend, been a member of Dethklok, composed with Andy Partridge of XTC, written orchestral commissions for Holland's Metropole Orkest, and made over 30 solo albums, including many with his band Beer For Dolphins.

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Scambot 2 was the most recent solo release in 2016, and a new solo album will come out later this year, with several others waiting in the wings to be completed. Currently Mike tours with The Zappa Band (the only Zappa Trust-sanctioned Zappa band, featuring several FZ alumni) and with ProgJect (featuring Jonathan Mover, Michael Sadler and Ryo Okumoto, playing classic progressive music from the '70s), and will be on the road early 2023 with Beer For Dolphins.

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SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY:

hat. (1992)
Boil That Dust Speck (1994)
Half Alive In Hollywood (1995)
Sluggo! (1997)
The Tar Tapes Vol 1 (1997)
The Tar Tapes Vol 2 (1998)
Nonkertompf (1999)
Dancing (2000)
Dancing With Myself (2000)
Wooden Smoke (2001)
Wooden Smoke Asleep (2001)
Vai Piano Reductions Vol 1 (2004)
The Universe Will Provide (2004)
Parallel Universe (2004)
Dog (2004)
Pup (2004)
Guitar Therapy Live (2006)
Wine And Pickles (2008)
The Scambot Holiday Special (2008)
Scambot 1 (2009)
Songs and Stories Inspired by Scambot 1 (2009)
Evidence of Humanity (w/Marco Minnemann) (2010)
Elements of a Manatee (w/Marco M.) (2010)
Bakin' @ the Potato (2011)
Wing Beat Fantastic:
Songs Written by Mike Keneally and Andy Partridge (2012)
Wing Beat Elastic: Remixes, Demos and Unheard Music (2012)
You Must Be This Tall (2013)
Live at Mama Kin (2013)
Free Live EP Volume 1 (2013)
Free Live EP Volume 2 (2013)
Dancing Demos (2014)
Scambot 2 (2016)

With Andy West:
The Mistakes (1995)
Andy West Rama 1 (2002)

With Frank Zappa:
Broadway The Hard Way (1988)
The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1991)
Make A Jazz Noise Here (1991)
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4 (1991)
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6 (1992)
Trance-Fusion (2006)
Frank Zappa For President (2016)

With Steve Vai:
G3: Live In Concert (1997)
Flex-able Leftovers (1998)
The Ultra Zone (1999)
Alive In An Ultra World (2001)
Modern Primitive (2016)

With Joe Satriani:
Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards (2010)
Satchurated: Live In Montreal (2012)
Unstoppable Momentum (2013)
Shockwave Supernova (2015)

With Devin Townsend:
Empath (2019)

With Mastodon:
Emperor of Sand (2017)

With Dethklok:
The Doomstar Requiem (2012)

With Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith:
Yo Miles!: Sky Garden (2003)
Yo Miles!: Upriver (2005)

On The Web:

Mike Keneally Official Website
Mike Keneally on Patreon
Mike Keneally Web Store
Mike Keneally on Bandcamp
Mike Keneally on Facebook
Mike Keneally on Twitter
Mike Keneally on Instagram
Mike Keneally on YouTube

Videos To Check Out:

• Mike Keneally Band - "Kedgeree"
• Mike Keneally - "Inca Roads"

To hear music from all of this year's bands,
please visit the MUSIC page.

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THE BAND

MIKE KENEALLY
(Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals)

THE WORD

"Mike Keneally was able to solo over [Soundscapes] in a way I have never been able to achieve for myself . He gave me answers to questions I had felt for myself, but never had the courage or capacity to find an answer"
- Robert Fripp

"Pinning Mike Keneally down to any specific genre is useless. ...albums have run the gamut from lo-fi guitar crunch (Boil That Dust Speck) to dark, experimental instrumentals (Nonkertompf) to orchestral (The Universe Will Provide, recorded with Holland’s Metropole Orkest), to acoustic folk (Wooden Smoke), to low-key singer-songwriter power-pop (Wing Beat Fantastic, a collaboration with XTC’s Andy Partridge) and pretty much everything in between. The common thread has always been Keneally’s insistence on musical excellence, keeping things interesting by incorporating a healthy combination of genres and a general sense of comic absurdity. Scambot 2 is an unusual, chaotic, and uncompromising work. It’s also a perfect musical introduction to the music of Mike Keneally, not to mention one of the most cohesive, brilliantly conceived and expertly performed releases of 2016. Album of the year? So far, absolutely."
- POP MATTERS

"I realize that I’m just a molecule in a liquid chorus when I say that Keneally never ceases to amaze me... As Kenealliacs know, Mike’s music is so thick with ideas that its half-life rivals plutonium... True. Keneally couldn’t become "mainstream" if he were drowning in it, so while Wooden Smoke might rise from a smoldering, man-with-guitar foundation, he still manages to patch together unique, non-linear pastiches from colorful fabrics... The result is a brilliant and absorbing 50 minutes of music."
- TAYLOR GUITARS

" First things first: Mike Keneally doesn't know how to make bad music... He's one of the finest progrockers of this century for sure. His work is always provocative, timeless, engaging, puzzling, inovative, distinct. If there's anyone with a distinct ecletic voice that marvels on the endless possibilities of music, with all the intricate interplaying, beautiful melodies and gorgeous harmonies, the odd rhythms and surprises, the beautiful guitar playing, the unpredictability of the compositions, if there's a true descendent of Dupree's paradise depths, if there's something really alive going on the music of this south side of the world, if there's life pumping on each lost chord, on each chord change, on each rhythm, if there's melodic invention and expressive clarity, then, I always recall Mike Keneally's world."
- Megaphone of Destiny, PROGARCHIVES