The Aristocrats Do It Live
Already-legendary-in-certain-circles instrumental super-trio The Aristocrats have just released Boing, We'll Do It Live! The Aristocrats At Alva's Showroom, a 2-CD/1-DVD set recorded earlier this year.
The band features Bryan Beller (Dethklok/Mike Keneally/Steve Vai/Z), Marco Minnemann (Paul Gilbert, Mike Keneally, nearly Dream Theater) and Guthrie Govan (Asia).
They will celebrate their second birthday this January: their first show was during the Anaheim Bass Bash during NAMM week in 2011, where they jammed together on relatively short notice. I was lucky enough to be there, and the energy in the room was electric. So it's great to see them go on to achieve such a buzz within the instrumental community.
And it doesn't stop there! The band will play some shows on the U.S. west coast in January (including another stop at Alva's in San Pedro) where they'll debut some new material from their second album, which they'll start tracking next month.
As a bonus for guitar fans, Jam Track Central (who recently helped Guthrie re-release his amazing solo album Erotic Cakes) have just released bass/drum-only backing tracks from The Aristocrats' debut album, with full transcriptions of all Guthrie’s guitar parts, both composed and improvised.
Read Bryan Beller's thoughts on online musical collaboration in E-Mailing It In - Creative Collaboration In The Digital Age.