The Aristocrats is the demented brainchild of British guitarist Guthrie Govan, American bassist Bryan Beller and German-born drum wizard Marco Minnemann.
With the ability to play the most dizzying polyrhythms and pull off feats of extraordinary limb independence, Marco has been pushing back the boundaries of what can be accomplished on the drum kit for years.
He’s played alongside fretboard heavyweights like Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani and Mike Keneally, and indulged his metal demons with Kreator and Necrophagist. Now with The Aristocrats, he has a band of equally gifted musicians to help him find new horizons.
The trio’s second album, Culture Clash, features moments of jaw-dropping technical audacity but the music is shot through with the group’s irrepressible sense of humour. Not many bands can boast of earning a Parental Guidance sticker on an album of instrumental music but then that’s what happens when one of your songs is called ‘Blues F**kers’. Other titles include ‘Sweaty Knockers’ and ‘Gaping Head Wound’.
Each member contributed three songs to Culture Clash and they take turns introducing the tracks live, a habit in keeping with the spirit of jazz but with Govan’s overdriven guitar, Beller’s array of effects pedals and Marco’s full throttle drumming, they’re much too rowdy for any jazz club to contain. And that’s just the way they like it.