REVIEW: The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash Live! & Tres Caballeros

It’s been intriguing to watch The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann) grow. I was lucky enough to be at their very first performance, before they even had a band name or Aristocrats-specific material. And since then they’ve played countless gigs (actually Bryan Beller could probably name them all – he seems great at stuff like that) and inspired musicians all over the world to push their abilities to new levels. And I guess that’s the big caveat for The Aristocrats: it’s pretty much ‘musician music.’ I know of one or two non-musicians who listen to them but for the most part this is a band that seems best appreciated by those who are trained to take in the nuances of what The Aristocrats are putting out there. This year there have been two new Aristocrats releases, the live album Culture Clash Live! and the new studio record, Tres CaballerosRead More …

The New Aristocrats Album Is Called…

Photo By Mike Mesker

Photo by Mike Mesker

PRESS RELEASE: Fresh off their wildly successful 2013-2014 Culture Clash world tour, The Aristocrats – by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today – rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is slated for release in late June.
After two fairly raw trio albums, guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) set up camp at legendary Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, CA, where Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Van Halen all recorded landmark albums.
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INTERVIEW: Guthrie Govan

guthrie govanGuthrie Govan is The Dude from The Big Lebowski. No, not in terms of looks or personality or loyalty to a particular rug, but in the sense that sometimes there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s Guthrie Govan. His style brings together incredible technique and tone but most importantly it’s packed with personality and vision. To hear Guthrie play is to hear someone who’s playing with music, rather than playing at music, whether in his trio The Aristocrats with Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann, or in Steven Wilson’s solo band, or playing his own material. With Guthrie heading to Australia soon for a series of masterclasses for Thump Music as well as an appearance at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, it seemed like high time to talk shop with the dude.  Read More …

Jake E Lee, Periphery, The Aristocrats At Mega NAMM Jam

imageThe good folks at Guitar World have just signed on as the official media sponsor of the kickass HEINEKEN NAMM JAM 2014. This is gonna be one of the hugest shows of NAMM – Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Periphery and The Aristocrats, along with the Jonny Coffin Fashion Show. It’ll be a killer opportunity to hear some seriously great players, ogle some seriously great guitars, and buy me a beer. You’ll need to be a NAMM attendee to get in, but if that happens to describe you you’ll find info on how to score tickets in the press release below. Read More …

Take A Tour Of Guthrie Govan’s Pedalboard

GuthrieGuitarist – the excellent UK magazine that you really should subscribe to if you’re not already – has just posted a great pedalboard walk-through with Guthrie Govan, which you can watch below. This is Part 1 of a 3-part video. Guthrie’s using his Charvel guitar – which he says is close to becoming a production model – and his new Victory Amplification V100 Duke amp. Guitarist says “Stay tuned for a full demo of the Victory V100 from Guthrie and an in-depth look at the retro-style Floyd Rose vibrato on his new Charvel.” Issue 374 of Guitarist magazine features a  Guthrie Govan cover feature in which he talks about his future plans with Charvel, technique and new musical horizons. It’s out in print and digital forms from 18 October 2013. In the meantime, here’s the pedalboard walk-through: Read More …

The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash Vinyl Edition

cultureclashIt’s been so awesome seeing The Aristocrats go from humble beginnings as a “let’s pick two songs each and play a set at NAMM” thing (I was there, woo!) to a fully fledged band with original material, two kickass studio albums, an awesome live album/DVD, and shirts that you see fans wearing around town even here in Melbourne. The band has just wrapped up a successful US tour and now they’re releasing a limited edition vinyl version of their second album, Culture Clash. Only 1,000 will be pressed so get in early! Here’s the press release: Read More …

Joe Satriani names new album & best band ever

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Joe Satriani has just announced the May 9, 2013 release of his next album, Unstoppable Momentum, and a pair of killer bands associated with the project: the studio band consisting of Mike Keneally, Vinnie Colauita (whoa!) and Chris Chaney, and a new live band consisting of …Mike Keneally, Brian Beller and Marco Minnemann! That’s right, Keneally Minnemann Beller! This is mind-melting news for me and I’m sure many of you too.

Below is the news in Joe’s words, but before we get to that, let me add that Beller, Minnemann and their buddy Guthrie Govan will hit the road for a huge US Aristocrats tour this summer. Their second studio album, tentatively titled Culture Clash, is targeted for a July 16 release, and the US tour will go for six weeks, from mid-July to late August. Check out tentative dates here, but bookmark the tour page to keep an eye on the dates once they’re locked in.

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NAMM 2012: Mike Lull Bryan Beller Signature M5BB

Check this out!  Bryan Beller, solo artist, member of The Aristocrats, Dethklok and low-end overlord for Mike Keneally and Steve Vai gets his own signature model from Mike Lull Custom Guitars. It has a AAAAA flamed maple top, asymmetrical neck carve, diamond control layout, signature card, and utterly spectacular! More info here. That’s it above, of course, but coffee not included.