Pioneer of exotic guitar MARTY FRIEDMAN has released his scorching full-length opus, ‘Wall Of Sound’, August 4th via Prosthetic Records. Recently, Marty began his U.S. headline tour with support from Houston’s top progressive outfit, Scale the Summit, along with Madison, WI’s incendiary power trio, The Fine Constant. VIP packs are available HERE.
In conjunction with the tour kick off, MARTY FRIEDMAN is pleased to reveal his new music video for the single “Whiteworm”, which through cinematic segments depict the aggressive yet uplifting flow of the track. Check it out HERE:
“The “Whiteworm” video has a definite “real world” Japanese look, but not the over the top “exported Japanese look” that many people are familiar with when they see Japan related content. It was directed by top class Japanese music video director Junya Masuyama, who has done hit videos with superstars of every genre of Japanese music.
I chose him to challenge him to put a foreigner (myself) into a very Japanese atmosphere in such a way that was not “Japan overload”. It was quite easy for him to do so, as his videos tend to be minimalistic, with the focus on one or two subtle themes. In this case the themes being the very delicate and simple idea of a little boy playing a video game waiting for the rain to stop, and me playing aggressively and calmly. Japan can be known for its wildness, but it also corners the market on subtle things. I went the subtle route on this video to contrast with the wildness of the guitar work in “Whiteworm”.
‘Wall Of Sound’ expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. The album was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth). ‘Wall Of Sound’ is available on all digital platforms, compact disc and comes in five limited edition LP color variants:
- White Black Swirl LP – 300 Worldwide
- Clear Black Smoke LP – 100 Worldwide
- Glow in The Dark LP – 100 Worldwide
- Clear Black Swirl LP – European retail exclusive, 100 Europe only
- White LP – US indie retail exclusive, 200 US only
Once again, MARTY FRIEDMAN assembled an incredible and diverse group of musicians to record and guest on ‘Wall Of Sound’. His core recording band is made up of Anup Sastry, a modern whiz kid sharing drum duties with uber-veteran Gregg Bissonette, and Japanese musician Kiyoshi – who is undisputedly one of the most aggressive bassists on earth. Guests include Jinxx of Black Veil Brides and Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven, and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining lends his voice to the only non-instrumental track on the album.
‘Wall Of Sound’ Track Listing
1. Self Pollution
2. Sorrow and Madness (featuring Jinxx of Black Veil Brides)
5. For A Friend
6. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven)
7. The Blackest Rose
8. Something to Fight (featuring Jorgen Munkeby of Shining)
9. The Soldier
11. Last Lament
MARTY FRIEDMAN – Wall Of Sound Tour Dates:
w/ Special Guests Scale The Summit and The Fine Constant
8/02 The Foundry at the Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA
8/03 Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
8/04 Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
8/05 Crossroads, Garwood, NJ
8/06 Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
8/08 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
8/09 Diesel, Chesterfield, MI
8/10 Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, IL
8/11 Studio B at the Skyway, Minneapolis, MN
8/12 Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE
8/13 Fubar, St, Louis, MO
8/16 Scout Bar, Houston, TX
8/17 The Rock Box, San Antonio, TX
8/18 Trees, Dallas, TX
8/19 Tower Theater, Oklahoma, OK
8/20 The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
8/23 Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO
8/24 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
8/25 The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
8/26 The Whisky, Los Angeles, CA
8/27 The Parish @ HOB, Anaheim, CA
8/28 Brick By Brick, San Diego, CA
About MARTY FRIEDMAN:
MARTY FRIEDMAN has received dozens of platinum and gold awards from throughout the globe and continually pushes the boundaries of music as is heard to new levels on ‘Wall Of Sound’. Fluent in Japanese, Friedman currently resides in Tokyo where he is a constant fixture on Japanese television (appearing on hundreds of network programs, musical and non-musical, and as the face of long running campaigns for Fanta/Coca Cola, Sumitomo Bank, Suntory etc.), in addition to appearing in major motion pictures. He is also the author of two hardcover books in Japanese detailing his unusual views on the current Japanese music scene, as well as two best-selling manga-related books, which are both in their eighth editions now. Friedman has not only held top charting positions with his own albums in Japan, but has also collaborated on and produced several chart topping hits.
MARTY FRIEDMAN was recently appointed a Japanese Heritage Ambassador by the Japanese Government Ministry of Cultural Affairs to promote the country`s upcoming Olympic games. He is currently filming a documentary, and his biography is set to be published soon.
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