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THE ARISTOCRATS: ‘Culture Clash’ Lands in the Top 10! #8 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts and #16 on the Jazz Album Charts

| 31 July 2013 | Reply


THE ARISTOCRATS are pleased to announce that their new release Culture Clash is a Top 10 record! The album has charted at #8 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album charts and #16 on the Billboard Jazz charts within the first week. Boasting elements of jazz, rock, metal, fusion and more, this genre-defying release has truly proven to be a bona fide crossover hit!

See what the press is saying about Culture Clash:

“As you’d expect from this cast of characters, the resulting jamfuckery of music is equal parts fusion, funk, jazz, prog rock and metal, and all parts awesome. These musicians are all in the upper echelon of their craft…” –

“Oh, that all modern instrumental music was this soulful and interesting. As the title hints, stepping across stylistic boundaries is what Bryan Beller, Guthrie Govan, and Marco Minnemann aim to do, and their pursuit of no-holds barred fun – as well as their virtuosic command of their instruments – is a blast to hear. The chops are fierce, the tones are primo (check out Beller on “Ohhhh Noooo”), and the moods cover the spectrum, from groovy to menacing to playful to thrashing to introspective. Highlights include the arpeggiator-like 16ths on “Dance of the Aristocrats” and the “Bright Size Life”-ready bass solo in “Gaping Head Wound.” – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine

“Okay, music isn’t a sport. But even so, after listening to Culture Clash, we’re left pondering how Guthrie Govan gets equipment up the ramp of his flying saucer after gigs in a flightcase fitted with castors?”

“It’s a team effort though… Minnemann’s drumming is sublime, while tracks such as “Ohhhh Noooo” see Beller hard at work as Guthrie builds evolving, Zappa-esque riffs around his mobile, creative basslines.” – Guitarist Mag

“[Culture Clash is] brimming with tasteful and virtuosic playing from each member. But like their first record, it’s not just a show-off fest of three very capable musicians; the nine songs on Culture Clash are also masterworks of creativity and musicality.” –

The band’s new album Culture Clash is out now, and you can order it at When ordering, you have the choice of purchasing a copy of the regular edition, or the deluxe edition, which includes “Accept The Mystery: The Making Of The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash”, a 33-minute DVD documentary shot while THE ARISTOCRATS were tracking the album in Nashville, TN. Containing both studio footage and exclusive interviews with each member of the band, “Accept The Mystery: The Making Of The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash” is a special behind-the-scenes look at THE ARISTOCRATS that fans have never seen before.

All you vinyl collectors out there, don’t forget! The band will release a limited-edition double-album vinyl edition (only 1,000 copies being pressed) of Culture Clash, set to be released in late September. The vinyl release will be available exclusively through Hostile City Distribution ( and THE ARISTOCRATS webstore for pre-order in late August.

THE ARISTOCRATS are on tour in the U.S. now! See below for all remaining tour dates.

THE ARISTOCRATS “Culture Clash” U.S. Tour Dates:

7/30 Boston MA @ Berklee Performance Center (concert)

7/31 Wilkes-Barre PA @ River St. Jazz Cafe

8/1 New York City NY @ Highline Ballroom

8/2 Philadelphia PA @ North Star Bar

8/3 Dunellen NJ @ New Jersey Proghouse

8/6 Pittsburgh PA @ Hard Rock Cafe

8/7 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Tavern

8/8 Columbus OH @ Rumba Café

8/9 Cincinnati OH @ Southgate House Revival

8/10 Charleston WV @ Empty Glass

8/12 Detroit MI @ Token Lounge

8/13 Indianapolis IN @ Birdy’s

8/14 Chicago IL @ Reggie’s

8/15 Madison WI @ Brink Lounge

8/16 St. Paul MN @ Amsterdam Bar and Hall

8/17 Omaha NE @ Shamrock’s

8/19 St. Louis MO @ 2720 Cherokee

8/20 Kansas City MO @ The Record Bar

8/21 Tulsa OK @ The Vanguard

8/23 Denton TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf

8/24 Houston TX @ Rudyard’s Pub

8/25 Austin TX @ Saxon Pub

For more information on THE ARISTOCRATS, please visit these websites:

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