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29 January 2014

The Order of Control - album

Guitarist Bruce Bouillet will release his third instrumental album THE ORDER OF CONTROL via Mascot Label Group's Music Theories imprint on January 21, 2014. Bouillet has enjoyed a successful career for the past couple of decades as both a sought after player, and a fixture within the Los Angeles studio scene. The Order Of Control is a new band featuring Bouillet, Dave Foreman (Bass) and Glen Sobel (Drums).

Bouillet made the move towards instrumental music when conspiring creatively with Foreman about eight years ago, and articulates with ease the benefits to approaching songwriting without vocals in mind. He offers, "Instrumental albums give me a chance to speak with the guitar 100%. Not that I'm some sort of control freak, but just like someone who paints a picture chooses the artistic outcome, I want my instrumental albums to be uniquely me, and since I am not a singer, it provides the right vehicle for me to express myself. That being said I do have a new vocal band in the works for 2014, so in a way I have the best of both worlds."

Early in life, Bouillet was drawn to Black Sabbath, UFO, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, but overall Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, and Alex Lifeson are his biggest influences from a young age. He was able to experience being in venue to see all of them perform, and in a golden age of the guitar welcomed the playing of others like Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, Dixie Dregs, Alan Holdsworth from the prog side as inspiration. At 19, he met a then 17 year-old Paul Gilbert, who became a tremendous influence. Thus began a road that brought the guitarist in and out of label deals, a plethora of ensembles, and in to a very successful career as an engineer, mixer or producer for others that continues to this day.

Bruce’s career began when he relocated to Los Angeles from Vincennes in 1985. He began the journey as a member of Racer X, collaborating with Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Juan Alderete, Scott Travis (Judas Priest), and Jeff Martin (Badlands). The band released Second Heat via Shrapnel Records in 1986. The quintet toured extensively, capturing these performances with the release of two live albums Extreme Vol.1 and Extreme Vol. 2. Following the act disbanding, Bouillet signed to Hollywood Records as a member of The Scream, with Alderete, alongside Walt Woodward and John Corabi, who later departed to join Motley Crue being replaced by vocalist Billy Fogarty. The guitarist to moved on, after two albums, forming DC-10, who had one self-produced album release titled Co-Burn.

Soon thereafter, Bouillet entered the studio business, opening the first of four recording studios. He began mixing, engineering and producing full time. Within a few years he had worked on 40 plus albums for artists that include Motorhead, Buckcherry, Paul Gilbert and his former band Racer X. In this prolific period, he picked up the guitar again, writing and recording a personal studio side project under the moniker Big Sur, with Alderete, Lisa Papineau (Pet) and Tim C. (Rage Against The Machine). He then took a break from the studio life as a member of Epidemic, but after one album, he re-opened his studio in Van Nuys, CA, producing, recording and mixing the 2005 Grammy Award winning Whiplash for Motorhead with is partner Bob Kulick. His participation in a production crew The Bottom Dwellerz followed, and in 2007 he reunited with friend Paul Gilbert for a tour of Japan, and he participated in the U.S./Canada G3 tour with Joe Satriani and John Pettrucci. He recorded his first instrumental album Unspoken, followed by a second release titled Interventions issued by King Records in Japan. A one year stint in 2011 with the band ASIA featuring John Payne put him back onto the touring circuit and introduced him to British progressive music.

Bruce is an incredible player, as his varied and successful career, and indeed this album show.

For more information please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or email chris@chrishewlett.com

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