After more than a year’s worth of worldwide touring, the rock/fusion power trio The Aristocrats – featuring Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums – recorded two shows in June of 2012 at an intimate listening room in San Pedro, CA. The result is BOING, We’ll Do It Live! The Aristocrats At Alvas Showroom, a 14-track, 2CD tour de force that captures the band’s explosive live chemistry, along with their barely concealed sense of humor.
The Aristocrats were formed practically by demand after a single raucously received set at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January of 2011. The trio tracked their debut album The Aristocrats [Boing] just four months later, and released it that September to universal acclaim, making the “Top 10 Of 2011” lists of many critics. But the band insists that their true identity is as a live unit, playing extremely intricate music and interacting organically to create a unique musical experience each time they take the stage.
“We’re all definitely proud of the studio album,” says bassist Beller, “but we were just getting to know each other when we cut it. Now that we’ve traveled the world together, we really get each other musically and personally. Honestly, we spend a lot of time making each other laugh to the point of tears. I think that really comes through live, the sense that we’re friends walking a high wire together musically, but also that, sometimes, we just choose to be extremely silly. Somehow it all works.”
BOING, We’ll Do It Live! The Aristocrats At Alvas Showroom features nearly the entire Aristocrats repertoire (containing songs written by each of the three band members), plus select material from the trio’s individual back catalogs, and a brand new, previously unreleased song, “Dance Of The Aristocrats”.