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Real guitar for real guitar nuts!

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Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum is a high-energy, surf-jazz trio dedicated to reverb drenched surf/gypsy/Tarantino guitar. Their albums and live performances have received strong reviews from critics in Australia, USA and UK:

A muscular, lovingly distorted guitar sound” – Greg Haymes, Times Union (USA)

There are no vocals on this album. They would be superfluous on material interpreted by Ben Rogers, a guitar player whose genre bending technique, taste and eclecticism place him among the world’s great guitarists.” – Billy Pinnell, JB Mag, Rhythms Magazine (Australia)

“…guitar ace Ben Rogers brings the rock instrumental sound solidly into the now” – Robert Silverstein, 20th Century Guitar (USA)

“…this is a band that takes no prisoners.” – Matthew Frederick, The Age (Australia)

Instrumental dynamite” – Peter Thomas, Big Beat of the 50s (Australia)

Huge guitar, intense energy, and very emotional” – Phil Dirt, Reverb Central (USA)

Against the hard-driving rhythm section of Nikki Scarlett on bass and Denis Close on drums, Ben fires salvo after salvo of tastily aggressive licks…” – Alan Taylor, Pipeline (UK)

Featuring the ever reliable Denis Close in the engine room, the trio tore up the stage…” Daniel Gregson, The Age (Australia)

Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum is Ben (guitar), Nikki Scarlett (bass) and Denis Close (drums). They’re based in Melbourne, Australia, and they play a mix of rocking original compositions and instrumental classics that pay homage to their influences (Link Wray, Django Reinhardt, Ventures, Atlantics, Shadows, Duane Eddy), but with their own distinctive distorted twang and tough edge.

Ben Rogers was listening, learning and stealing everything he could from Django Reinhardt, Hank B. Marvin, Duane Eddy, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, JJ Cale and Peter Green. Having now left the primordial ooze, he’s ready to unleash his fearful blend of surf/gypsy/Tarantino rock solid pulp guitar truth and fiction to the masses. Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum is a trio made up of electric guitar, bass and drums and features reverbdrenched guitar music that echoes some of the best work of The Shadows, Ventures and Surfaris, but with an extreme left turn towards the surreal. All done up with an Aussie accent.

Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum is a bag of mixed nuts and includes:
 Ben Rogers photo by Carbie Warbie
Ben Rogers ……Guitarist / Songwriter
Nikki Scarlett ….. Bassist / International Woman of Mystery
Denis Close …….Drummer / Percussionist

Real guitar nuts – it’s time to stand up and be counted!

See you at Ben Rogers’ Instrumental Asylum. BYO dancing shoes. Nuts provided.

Contact us: blazz@blazz.com.au

CD Distribution (Australia):  MGM (www.thegroovemerchants.com)
Retails sales: Waterfront Records
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BenRogersInstrumentalAsylum