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on 21 November 2013
Took a bit of listening to but the Aristocrats have rapidly become one of my favourite bands.
The more listens the more rewards I get from playing this album. GG, BB & MM are stellar musicians and songwriters it's difficult to know where to start. I'm not going to 'tag' this album under a particular genre, as it crosses so many boundaries. Anyone familiar with any of the guys previous work could be surprised, relieved or simply blown away. The Aristocrats got together totally by accident, and I only discovered them through Steven Wilson's The Raven that refused to sing album, on which Guthrie and Marco play. A wicked sense of humour pervades the whole album. Have a search on youtube for the Rubber chicken and pig solo....
Anyway, back to the album. Amazing. Jazzy, Rocky, Country, Silly, whacky...
I can't to see then in London in Feb :)
on 2 March 2014
I first saw Marco and Brian playing with Joe Satriani and was so impressed I thought I'd do a little research. The result of my research was The Aristocrats as well as a load of solo work and collaborations.
I found the first album a little hard to get into but was immediately taken with Culture Clash. I also saw them live in Bristol recently and was blown away by their skill and wit, this gave me more insight into their characters and the way they write their material and thus made the recorded work more accessible to me.
I would recommend this album to anyone that's into instrumental rock, and would also recommend seeing them live if you get the chance.