The Aris­To­crATs CuL­TuRE CLASh LIVE!

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Col­lec­tively known as The Aris­to­crats, Guthrie Go­van, bassist Bryan Beller and drum­mer Marco Min­ne­mann spent over a year on the road bring­ing their al­bum Cul­ture Clash to the world by play­ing 105 con­certs in 28 coun­tries. Now you can re­live the show if you saw them, or get a good taste of it if you didn’t, on this ex­cel­lent sound­ing CD plus a bonus DVD. Five shows were videoed but tech­ni­cal is­sues pre­vented any sin­gle con­cert be­ing used so in­stead you get a look at the guys from dif­fer­ent gigs and dif­fer­ent an­gles, thanks to ‘on­board’ cam­eras, split screen us­age, au­di­ence and on stage shots; nat­u­rally the sound al­ters a bit too but it’s all of a good qual­ity. The play­ing pro­fi­ciency of all in­volved is ex­em­plary and this is a rare op­por­tu­nity to see them as well as hear them. Each track is highly in­di­vid­ual and full of mu­si­cal twists and turns, none more so than the ex­cel­lent Get It Like That, which is full of contrasts al­low­ing Guthrie to use just about ev­ery fret on the gui­tar - just as it should be. Th­ese guys are scary as well as in­spi­ra­tional, but more im­por­tantly they are fun to watch, so although the DVD is billed as a bonus it’s a great ad­di­tion and only three tracks are the same per­for­mances as on the CD.

Bo­ing! Mu­sic

a tight band that is ob­vi­ously to­tally com­mit­ted to their unique sound. The re­sult is an en­ter­tain­ing and ex­cit­ing al­bum so if you fancy some­thing way out of the or­di­nary then give this a try!

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