The Aristorcrats Biography

The Aristocrats is the eponymous debut album from instrumental rock/fusion’s rowdy newpower trio featuring guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia/GPS, Dizzee Rascal) bassist Bryan Beller(Steve Vai, Dethklok, Mike Keneally), and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, UKZ,Necrophagist). Featuring three compositions from each band member, the album showcasesa uniquely explosive band chemistry, translating each individual’s well-known virtuosity into anaggressive, melodic, and sometimes even cheeky group dynamic…in which anything goes. The band was formed practically by demand after a wildly enthusiastic response to a singleperformance at The Anaheim Bass Bash during the Winter NAMM show in January. With justone rehearsal the night before the gig, the trio unexpectedly floored the audience – andthemselves – with near-telepathic interplay and boundless musical energy, leaving headsshaking in disbelief that it was their very first gig. “The chemistry was so great,” recalls Govan,who was just featured on the cover of Guitar Player, “that when we came offstage we all saidto each other, ‘This is working. We should record this.’” Not content simply to rush together a remote recording, each far-flung band member left theirhomes (outside London; Nashville, TN; southern California) to meet in a Chicago studio andtrack the record in person, which took just under two weeks. The music became a melting potof their respective influences, ranging from ’70s fusion (Return To Forever) to prog (KingCrimson, UK) to instrumental rock (Vai, Satriani) to groove metal (Rage Against The Machine)to just plain absurdity (Frank Zappa). Says bassist Beller, “We ended up using our differentinfluences to write for each other. I wrote “Sweaty Knockers” specifically for Guthrie to havefun with, while Guthrie wrote “I Want A Parrot” with bass leads in mind. As for Marco’smaterial, we’re just lucky to be able to keep up with it!” The ever-mischievous Minnemann’s song titles – such as “Boing!...I’m In The Back” (bornefrom a publicly indescribable incident in Russia) and “Blues Fuckers” (in which a typical bluesform is violated in every way imaginable) – along with Beller’s shameless pole-dance rocker“Sweaty Knockers,” prompted Govan to wonder if the band shouldn’t be named TheAristocrats, after the infamous dirty joke and movie of the same name. It stuck, and TheAristocrats were born. “We’re going to have a raucous rock vibe and a sense of humor aboutthe music,” says Govan, “which you might not expect to find in other muso projects in whichpeople are flung together to make an album in a hurry.” The Aristocrats will be released on the band’s own label, BOING Music, and available bothdigitally and in hard copy through their website at, as well asother major e-tailers. Internationally, the record will be also available from many distributors ofSuhr Guitars, whose guitars Guthrie Govan plays and endorses. A full list of Suhr distributorscarrying The Aristocrats is also available at the band’s website. Book The Aristorcrats for shows and concerts at Heavy Rotation booking agency. Worldwide Bookings with HR Booking. The Aristorcrats Booking, Book The Aristorcrats. Book artists like The Aristorcrats, The Aristorcrats booking agent, contact The Aristorcrats email, The Aristorcrats manager, The Aristorcrats management for concerts, bookings, biography, pictures, videos. The Aristorcrats may be available for your club shows, private party, festivals or other events.