January 13, 2014

The Aristocrats: Culture Clash

The Aristocrats
L to R: Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller, Guthrie Govan
photo: Jennifer Young

Three musicians contributing three songs each. With their second full-length Culture Clash power fusion rock trio The Aristocrats take equal credits for an adventurous cosmic journey. Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums) can look into groove, move from jazz to rock to metal without blinking their eyes. Prowess and dexterity can get in the way of the actual composition - "look, mum, I can play really fucking fast", but the trio delivers their pyrotechnics with a delicate finesse: not with an axe but with craftmanship. It's loud, but they are not trying to overpower each other. Energy is the keyword.

Culture Clash is an assembly of styles - Satriani inspired shredding in the title track and a hint of surf on top of the bluesy jazz of Louisville Stomp (you would have needed at least two Saxophone players to cover Govan's licks had this been recorded in the Jazz age) and prog metal during Ohhhh Noooo and Living The Dream. Drummer Marco Minnemann can take over the melody like Keith Moon used to do and bass player Bryan Beller has a bindle filled with runs that will keep four-string students busy for years.

The Aristocrats: Culture Clash

Culture Clash is a released thru BOING Music. Buy it from their website. The deluxe CD comes with a bonus documentary DVD featuring interviews and live video footage of the recording sessions.

Tracks:
  1. Dance Of The Aristocrats
  2. Culture Clash
  3. Louisville Stomp
  4. Ohhhh Noooo
  5. Gaping Head Wound
  6. Desert Tornado
  7. Cocktail Umbrellas
  8. Living The Dream
  9. And Finally

USA & Mexico
  • 01/13 Denver, CO @ Quixote’s True Blue
  • 01/15 Albuquerque, NM @ The Dirty Bourbon
  • 01/17 Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
  • 01/18 Mexicali, Baja, Mexico @ Casa Germany La Cultura
  • 01/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Country Saloon
  • 01/21 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
  • 01/25 Whittier, CA @ The Center Theater (CalProg)
    double bill with The Stickmen (Tony Levin, Pat Mastellotto and Markus Reuter)
  • 01/26 San Pedro, CA @ Alvas Showroom (Two shows: 6:00pm and 8:00pm)
  • 01/28 Mexico City, Mexico @ Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral
    (this show will be recorded professionally for a future live release)
  • 01/30 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
  • 02/01 San Francisco, CA @ Biscuits & Blues
Europe:
  • 02/06 Bilbao, Spain @ Cafe Antkozia
  • 02/07 Madrid, Spain @ La Sala Live
  • 02/08 Valencia, Spain @ Sala Loco
  • 02/09 Barcelona, Spain @ Luz Germany Gas
  • 02/12 La Valette du Var, France @ Le Vox
  • 02/14 Paris, France @ Le Zebre
  • 02/15 Eeklo, Belgium @ JH Germany Route
  • 02/17 London, UK @ The Garage
  • 02/18 Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
  • 02/19 Leamington, UK @ The Assembly
  • 02/20 Manchester, UK @ Band on the Wall
  • 02/21 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
  • 02/23 Edinburgh, UK @ Liquid Room
  • 02/24 Dublin, Ireland @ The Grand Social
  • 02/26 Tilburg, The Netherlands @ Paradox
  • 02/27 Verviers, Belgium @ Spirit of 66
  • 02/28 Zoetermeer, The Netherlands @ Germany Boerderij
  • 03/01 Esch Sur Alzette, LUX @ Kulturfabrik
  • 03/02 Munich, Germany @ Backstage Werk
  • 03/04 Berlin, Germany @ Frannz
  • 03/05 Hamburg, Germany @ Fabrik
  • 03/09 Dortmund, Germany @ Domicile
  • 03/10 Cologne, Germany @ Kantine
  • 03/11 Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany @ Das Haus
  • 03/12 Reichenbach, Germany @ Bergkeller
  • 03/13 Dresden, Germany @ Tante Ju
  • 03/15 Warszaw, Poland @ Progresja
  • 03/16 Krakow, Poland @ Lizard King
  • 03/17 Olomouc, Czech Republic @ Jazz Tibet Club
  • 03/20 Milano, Italy @ Live Forum
  • 03/21 Rubigen, Switzerland @ Mühle Hunziken
  • 03/22 Castegnato, Italy @ Gasoline Road Bar Brescia
  • 03/23 Pisa, Italy @ BLITZ Live Music Pub
  • 04/04 Athens, Greece @ Athina Live
  • 04/05 Athens, Greece @ Athina Live
  • 04/07 Roccaforzata, Italy @ Saloon Public House
  • 04/11 Istanbul, Turkey @ Roxy Club
  • 04/13 Herzliya, Israel @ Zappa-club Herzliya

» the-aristocrats-band.com

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