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The Aristocrats

Support from:
  • Godsticks

Sat 10 Mar 2012 Price: £15.00 Doors Open: 20:00

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Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller & Marco Minnemann

Featuring three of the most accomplished virtuosos in the world in the genre of rock-fusion instrumental music, The Aristocrats was formed shortly after January, 2011 after rock guitar sensation Guthrie Govan (Asia, Erotic Cakes, Dizzee Rascal), drum phenom Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Necrophagist, UKZ), and bassist extraordinaire Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Dethklok, Mike Keanelly) got together to do an impromptu Bass Bash event during NAMM. The three musicians hit it off so well in terms of musical interplay and chemistry that they immediately said after the show that they need to do this again. That talk evolved into making a debut album and the new fledgling supergroup went into the studio in Chicago in late-April to record the album which will be released in the summer of 2011.

The music of The Aristocrats can be viewed as a melting pot of virtuosic guitar instrumental music reminiscent of "G3" artists like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, etc.; the legendary 70's jazz-rock fusion music of seminal bands like the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, and Weather Report; the complex progressive rock of Frank Zappa, King Crimson, The Dixie Dregs, and UK; and the rock improvisational spirit of Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Jeff Beck. Alternately raw, sophisticated, intense, intricate, soulful, eclectic, lyrical and supremely musical, The Aristocrats sets a new standard for excellence in adventurous rock-fusion music that retains the energy of rock while exploring the outer limits of fusion that encompasses jazz, progressive, metal, blues, and even modern electronica-techno with a stunningly cohesive ensemble sound.

See it and hear it all from this incredible new band that takes the power trio concept to a whole new level. If you are musically eclectic and have always wondered what it'd be like if a band of virtuoso musicians can fuse disparate musical styles and genres into one wholly integrated sound and style, The Aristocrats is the band you've been waiting for. The music of The Aristocrats is also where complex musical compositions and tonal soundscapes meet challenging improvisations and creative spontaneity. The Aristocrats is about taking rock-fusion into a new realm of uncharted musical territories. Come see and hear music that is simply unprecedented...

Since hitting the progressive music scene in 2009, Godsticks have caused a bit of a stir. Self-styled purveyors of progressive rock/pop, Godsticks have been notoriously difficult to pigeon-hole, and one of the few new bands who can claim to possess their very own style and sound. As written by one reviewer upon release of their first EP:

"In a world where a plethora of new albums are issued each year, coming across an act where influences are hard to place - or even find - is an eye-opener in itself".

Formed in 2006, and initially a cover band performing complex progressive music, they began to immerse themselves in song-writing and develop their own unique style - borne out of a desire to create song arrangements they wanted to hear, but that were never present in the music of their influences.

The band released their eponymously titled EP at the beginning of 2009, not really expecting any reaction: thinking that the music may have been a little left-field in terms of composition. They couldn't have been more surprised with the response it received. Unaware at the sheer size of the progressive-rock community, the EP received incredible reviews, with the band being considered "a refreshing approach to the contemporary prog music scene".

The sheer originality of the music was greeted with delight and not the reproach initially feared, with 'imaginative' and 'original' frequently used to describe the band - two words that Godsticks are proud to be associated with.

It was fortunate that the CD was released at a time when progressive music was beginning to experience a revived interest. They featured on the CD of the very first edition of 'Classic Rock Presents Prog' in March 2009 and continue to enjoy a great relationship with the progressive community. 2009 culminated in the band being voted in the top 5 best new bands in the inaugural 'Classic Rock Presents Prog' poll.

In July 2010, the band released their debut album 'Spiral Vendetta' - the culmination of 16 months of writing, 4 months of rehearsal, and 2 months in the studio - it was worth the effort with the results already being described as 'mesmerising'. The very first review of the album eloquently sums up both the album and band:

"Spiral Vendetta has it all in spades with chops, emotion, musicality and imagination, the songs pack a breathtaking amount into concise pieces and the album in no way outstays its welcome."