The Aristocrats (band)
The Aristocrats performing live in 2012
|Genres||Instrumental rock, neo-progressive rock, jazz fusion|
|Associated acts||Guthrie Govan, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Steven Wilson|
The Aristocrats are a rock supergroup formed in 2011. The band consists of Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, and Marco Minnemann. The group name is inspired by the venerable Aristocrats joke and consequently the song titles on their debut namesake album–a progressive rock compilation–are rife with salacious double-entendres.
Formation and history
The band was formed after a wildly enthusiastic response to a concert performance at The Anaheim Bass Bash during the Winter NAMM show in January 2011. The trio had just one rehearsal before the concert but still performed well and amazed the audience as well as themselves. Originally the guitarist for that one-off show was to be Greg Howe, replaced by Guthrie Govan at the last moment. Guthrie later stated: "The chemistry was so great, that when we came offstage we all said to each other: 'This is working. We should record this.'" The band would later get together and meet in Chicago to record their debut album, which took just under two weeks. The music album reflected their respective influences, ranging from 70s fusion (Return to Forever), to progressive (King Crimson), to instrumental rock (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani), to rap metal (Rage Against the Machine) and to just plain absurdity (Frank Zappa). Bassist Bryan Beller stated, "We ended up using our different influences to write for each other. I wrote "Sweaty Knockers" specifically for Guthrie to have fun with, while Guthrie wrote “I Want A Parrot” with bass leads in mind. As for Marco's material, we're just lucky to be able to keep up with it!”.
After releasing their debut in September 2011, the trio toured for the year 2012. Later in the same year the band released its first live album, Boing, We'll Do It Live!. Footage and sound for this release were recorded in two concerts held at Alvas Showroom in Los Angeles, California. During those concerts the band played material from their debut album as well as songs from each band members' solo projects.
In July 2013, their second studio album Culture Clash was released, which was followed by a supporting tour; first in North America in 2013 and then in Europe, South America and Asia in 2014. After the tour, the band compiles performances from six different venues for their upcoming second live album, Culture Clash Live!, to be released on CD and DVD on January 20, 2015. On the same day, the band releases their "official bootleg" of the tour, a limited edition 2CD set titled Secret Show: Live in Osaka. During their January 2015 tour, the band debuted material for their third studio album Tres Caballeros. The album was recorded in February and released on June 23, 2015. In support of the album, the band toured in North America in summer 2015 and in Europe from November 2015 to February 2016.
- Studio albums
- Live albums
- The Aristocrats: About
- Bryan Beller Interview on Outsight Radio Hours. Archive.org. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Review: The Aristocrats Debut Album. Guitarnoize.
- The Aristocrats: Bass/Drums Transcriptions/Tab/Backing Tracks For “Culture Clash” Available NOW!
- The Aristocrats: "Culture Clash Live" Drops On JANUARY 20 – Plus "Secret Show: Live In Osaka" Comes Out Same Day!
- The Aristocrats: The "Culture Clash" World Tour Is Over...
- The Aristocrats: The Aristocrats’ Third Album Title: “Tres Caballeros” – Plus North America Tour Dates!
- The Aristocrats: ”Tres Caballeros” is out now
- The Aristocrats: Europe Tour Starts Today!
- "G3 Tour 2016". satriani.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.