Who is Mike Keneally you ask? To some he was the guy in the funny hats that played with Frank Zappa‘s last band in 1988. To others he’s the Other Guitarist (who also played keyboards) with the funny hats who toured with Steve Vai. You know you’re doing something right when you get hired by not one but two giants of the guitar world. As if that weren’t enough there’s a whole new batch of music fans who know him as the guitarist in the real live Dethklok band.
But who is he REALLY? The truth is that he’s not human at all but a musical robot who can play guitar like it’s an extension of his arms and keyboards by simply focusing his thought rays onto the ivories…ok that’s not entirely true, or IS it?
Regardless of his origins Mike Keneally remains one of the most innovative and creative musicians on this or any other planet right now. Equally at ease with an electric or acoustic guitar, a piano or a keyboard, a microphone or even a flew-flewber or tah-tinker. If it makes a sound he can coax beautiful music out of it.
His latest Opus (and I do not use that word lightly) is just about ready to see the light of day. It is grand and it shall be called Scambot 1. It may be the most bizarrely wonderful thing your ears have ever heard, even if you’re familiar with his other works such as Wooden Smoke, Nonkertompf or Boil This Dust Speck. If Willie Wonka wrote music he might just MIGHT come up with something like this. Theodor Geisel himself could not concoct a more interesting story and Dan Akroyd could have tapped Mike’s brains (does he have more than one?) for an entire book of Conehead names.
Scambot 1 will be available soon from Mike’s official site and as if one album were not enough you have the option to get not only Scambot 1 but also the bonus disc Songs and Stories Inspired by Scambot 1 when you purchase a real live physical CD type thing, remember those?
Oh yeah, that bass player guy Bryan Beller plays on it too.