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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

In support of their new release Culture ClashTHE ARISTOCRATS has offered up a great, free, merchandise package to some lucky reader of SMNnews.  This great package will include a Signed Deluxe Edition CD with a bonus DVD along with a t-shirt.

Featuring Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS), Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani) and Marco Minnemann (Necrophagist, Kreator, Adrian Belew, UKZ, Steven Wilson)

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:

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

To enter your chance to win this great merchandise package, make sure you are logged in, then like this post and post a comment to this post. One lucky winner will be chosen at random from all who make a comment here before 9pm EST Tuesday 8/20.

Ended; And the winners are;  voyage72 and kpumaorn


  1. Cloe says:

    Heck, if it’s free, it’s for me…

  2. Blooddrunkmaggot says:

    I want the new Aristocrats album because of reasons.

  3. georgepoas says:

    Excellent news, love the Aristocrats!

  4. Scott1482 says:

    Saw them a few weeks ago here in Chicago and by far one of the best shows I’ve seen in years. Musicianship was stellar!!!!!

  5. oquintero99 says:

    The Aristocrats rock!

  6. greeenchinchilla says:

    Hellol, fine dudes of aristocracy! … or aristocrazy.. not sure! πŸ˜€ I still dont own one of your albums, so please, let me win this one! Thanks for making fine music! Cheers & Greetings from Germany! πŸ™‚

  7. tkbaldwin22 says:

    Brilliant band!

  8. kristina86 says:

    oooooo yeah!!! πŸ˜‰

  9. DanDMaintenanceMan says:

    Homer Simpson …

  10. immortal_soloist says:

    Aristocrats is one of the most refreshing instrumental trios to come out in a long time.

    Their technical skills mixed with their great sense of arrangement is such a pleasure to listen to.

    They inspire musicians such as myself. All 3 of the musicians in this band are phenomenal at what they do. Their chemistry is unique and its a treat to experience their sound.

    Would love this package to be mine.

  11. Jeffzx9 says:

    The Aristocrats kill it on their new CD “Culture Clash.” After hearing their first CD, I was hooked, and pre-ordered for this release. Excellent job, guys!! Sign me up to win the prize package!! Thanks!

  12. seteporoito says:

    Oh no, this one’s mine. πŸ™‚

  13. Naniamania says:

    To paraphrase Guthrie’s exclamation that inspired “Ohhhh Noooo” -- winning would be “the opposite of bad!”

  14. wits77 says:


  15. sluger says:

    I want..
    It’s good..

  16. youssefz says:

    A tshirt sounds nice πŸ™‚

  17. elbrujo731 says:

    hot stuff

  18. grind says:

    Great review and great promotion !

  19. Braks says:

    In it, to win it :3
    enough of the rhymes

  20. Argonaar says:

    I love The Aristocrats, hope they’ll play again in north France or Luxembourg.

  21. Chococoplex says:

    I can’t wait for the vinyl.

  22. ravshanchiks says:

    Would love to have it!

  23. resinveins says:

    love the new album

  24. David Losi says:

    Would love to win!!

  25. IgorMaia says:

    Boing! I’m in! (the giveaway contest, I mean, not the back)

  26. Redox says:

    Great band, Perfect Trio !!!

  27. voyage72 says:

    Awesome band and album! I want!

  28. mtasooji says:

    I want it now! m/

  29. SamG says:

    Woo! I already have the deluxe edition but of course I’d love to share this awesome music with a friend…it’s the tshirt I really want! πŸ˜›

  30. SDudderz says:

    The Aristocrats are incredible.

  31. JethroNapoleon says:

    Oh that’s great news about The Aristocrats

  32. markkolb says:

    I win the internet.

  33. KIKO807 says:

    Aristocrats! Greatest and wackiest band ever!

  34. kpumaorn says:

    the aristocrats RIPPED st.louis last night. i would love this package!

  35. Ender1027 says:

    The new album is a great listen and you can tell they had a great time making it!

  36. DeathPaupiette says:

    Give me some audio love for my ears please <3

  37. rc271 says:

    Saw these guys in San Francisco in Feb and again in Chicago earlier this month. Mind blowing stuff, cant wait til they’re back in California!

  38. Crimson says:

    I hope it will be the first lottery I win in my life.

  39. leimeisei says:

    Saw them in DETROIT

  40. sveetgood says:

    I want it please!

  41. ryokun says:

    I believe that I can make it!

  42. hendrixjimi says:

    hey guys,although i probably wont win the shirt and CD I just wanted to say that i really love your work(saw you in Chicago)
    Cheers from Montenegro πŸ™‚

  43. 1357fools says:

    The best band out there!! My band had just started out and it wasn’t until we found The Aristocrats (a while back when the began playing), that we were not sure instrumental was going to catch on in our town. Well we were inspired and influenced to continue playing said music after we heard Bryan, Guthrie, and Marco perform with such aggression as an instrumental trio. An unstoppable unit of raw power, an aggressive level of musicianship, story-tellers of the unknown universe, with music progressing under the bright light of the heavens, that is The Aristocrats!

  44. Stavrin says:

    I would be very grateful if i would be lucky enough to win The Aristocrats album. They are my musical idols.

  45. brunape says:

    Hoping to win this. Broke ass student in Norway longing for the new album in a physical format. I stream you on Spotify, and I know the royalties are shit.. I’ll definitely buy the other album as well, so if I don’t win I guess I’ll have to get Culture Clash too. πŸ™‚

  46. Jazzwax says:

    Here goes nothing! Cheers πŸ™‚

  47. Smmmmqog says:

    Haven’t been able to get the 2nd CD yet but the 1st one sure kicks ass!!

  48. sgtstriker says:

    Great Music!

  49. Paranoeda says:

    without sentiments i know that i can’t win but there is still a little chance of it. Wanna See You In Tbilisi Guys. On Jazz Fest.

  50. juan.jpma says:

    I can has deluxe package pls?

  51. Johnny S says:

    This band has my vote for best new aurally stimulating enjoyment! I’ve seen them live and have the 2 previous releases (one studio and one live). I’m ashamed to be slow on the uptake and not have this new offering. This latest music must be tickling my pearly auracles shortly! Thanks Bryan, Guthrie, & Marco!

  52. knutty says:

    I want it!

  53. greenpimp says:

    Are you kidding me? Love these dudes!!!

  54. StarlessZuali says:

    guys are in this package your musical chickens ? :v

  55. Levan says:

    It would be nice if i win CD of my favourite band!

  56. bobrmetalista says:

    Superb album! πŸ™‚

  57. pip55 says:

    These guys rock! Fantastic music, great personalities, met 2/3rds of the group

    Would love to win this

    Wishing you continued success for the rest of the tour guys

  58. mani_ka2 says:

    yet i hadn’t hear it πŸ™

  59. Mr D says:

    Wish I didn’t have to miss the NC show. Maybe I should have quit my job so I could go. Probably would have been worth it.

  60. hjustin says:

    Cincy show was amazing. I think I’ve listened to just Flatlands 4000 times since then.

  61. vii says:

    I want it! I want it! i really love this band

  62. steve.v says:

    Woohoo! Good luck everyone

  63. MinceCheese says:

    Howdy Partener. Birdy NumNums.

  64. madog82 says:

    It would be really cool to have Aristocrats merchandise package here in Finland where i can play it to many people as possible, and please come play to Finland πŸ˜‰ Cheers

  65. kabanashvili says:

    ARISTOCRATS is the BEST band EVER!!! other bands are nothing to me. I am their HUGE fan. It would made me really happy to win at least something that will have their name on it πŸ™

  66. evanssm2jp says:

    I love the way Mike Keneally suddenly lost weight, grew a large beard & learnt to shred at extreme speed prior to the rename of the band to the Aristocrats. I think this album should be freely distributed across Australia because Kylie just doesn’t get what musicians actually do & the few musicians we have need some new influences…Starting with me πŸ™‚ ….

    I noticed Guthrie chopped off the beard and has been wearing a chubby suit again for the release of some not so shredded yet wonderfully inspired & pretty music under his original name -- you can check it out here:

    Seriously though….when will any of these guys make it downunder???

  67. Joseph Taylor-Moore says:

    I’d like that, yup yup yup!

  68. michela says:

    I hope to see The Aristocrats one day πŸ™

  69. Norogh says:

    One of the most amazing bands i’ve heard in a while

  70. Phydeaux_3 says:

    Stupendously good album. 3 monsters at the top of their games.

  71. markschuler says:

    This new album is SO great! I thought the first album couldn’t be outdone. If you are like me and have been listening to the new one a bunch, go back and listen to the first. This new album is so much more layered, interesting and dynamic. I love it….great job gentlemen! I will never forget the first though.

  72. hendrixjimi says:

    hey guys,although i probably wont win the shirt and CD I just wanted to say that i really love your work(saw you in Chicago)
    Cheers from Montenegro πŸ™‚

  73. matias says:

    I want it!!!! i love the new album, it makes feel good..very good, and i love pigs and chickens

  74. voyage72 says:

    THANK YOU!!! πŸ˜€

  75. kpumaorn says:

    Thank you SMN and The Aristocrats -- I am very excited!