Sunday, April 6, 2014

Culture Clash by The Aristocrats

A rock trio by
any other name wouldn't
sound nearly as sweet.

After putting The Aristocrats' Boing! We'll Do It Live on my list of 2013 favorites it shouldn't come as a surprise that I've delved into their studio output with 2013's Culture Clash.

What I find quite humorous is how the band is miscategorized. The band themselves have joked about being called a jazz band. Google Play seems to think they're "Country & Folk" which I find hilarious. I noted in my previous commentary the influences I heard. But let's just call these guys a rock trio and move on.

The band consists of Guthrie Govan on guitar, Brian Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums.  The album consists of 9 tracks: Dance of the Aristocrats, Culture Clash, Louisville Stomp, Ohhhh Noooo, Gaping Head Wound, Desert Tornado, Cocktail Umbrellas, Living The Dream, and And Finally.

You may rightly infer from the song titles that the band brings a certain vitality and sense of humor to what they do. Add to this a passion for performance and extreme musicality and you have a very enjoyable album that features melodic, multi-genre, up- and down-tempo tunes that aren't over the top. It's mesmerizing because you don't know what's coming next.

Listen for yourself. Here's a video preview that starts out with the album's title track.

You can read, see, and hear more about the band at these online locations.

So guess what I just put on my Amazon wish list. Their 2011 self-titled first album. Should be good.

I received no compensation of any kind for this review.

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