2/16Third Studio Album Tracking Report!

This is Bryan here, poking my head up to give you a little report on how our tracking for the new album went.

In case you didn’t know. Guthrie, Marco and I just spent 10 days tracking a new record at the legendary Sunset Sound studio in Hollywood, CA. I am here to tell you that it was by far the most rewarding recording experience we’ve ever had as a band. Led Zeppelin (parts of II, IV), Van Halen (Fair Warning), Rage Against The Machine (The Battle Of Los Angeles), and a thousand other huge acts have tracked in the room we were in (Studio 2), and every day we were there, we uncovered another layer of its awesomeness and found another reason why the room was so great. The combination of great vintage gear, the famous reverb chambers (the ones that were used for the early Van Halen albums), and the room sound in the main tracking room all contributed to an environment that encouraged maximum creativity and made us sad to leave.

We were all pushing each other to try new things, and we all went for broke in terms of layering the recordings to our heart’s content. The result is a totally new direction for the band, while still retaining our true Aristocratic nature. I personally can’t believe how good the rough mixes sound…and as for the material, it’s like nothing we’ve ever done. We all feel like giddy schoolchildren right now, and we can’t wait to share this record with you. It’s going to come out in late June, and a North America tour will immediately follow. Details coming soon.

One of the reasons the sessions went so well is that we played the material live at Alvas Showroom for four nights in a row before we went into the studio. That was a really great experience – thanks so much to the fans who came out to watch us (nervously!) play our new babies for the first time. Thanks also to Alvas for hosting the event. Here’s a couple of pix from Alvas and the studio for your amusement.


Meanwhile, our new live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live (and the limited-edition Secret Show: Live In Osaka) is now out and available for immediate ordering. Lots of people have been kind enough to tell us they dig it, but none more elegantly than the website Echoes And Dust, who really got the cheekiness of it all and compared us to a “charging rhino in a pink tutu.” That’s what we call high praise. Click here to check out previews on our YouTube page, or just click here to order. If you’ve already got it, thanks so much for your support and hope you like it! Special note: We’ve only got about 130 units of the full-band-signed Secret Show CD’s, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Just a heads up there.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook (we’re updating daily there with all sorts of behind-the-scenes content) and Twitter (same thing, just shorter, @acratsband) for the latest Aristocratic real-time news. Thanks again for being interested in what we’re up to. Now we need to go finish this record. :-)

Best wishes to all,
The Aristocrats


1/20“Culture Clash Live” Release Day Is TODAY!

This is it – today’s the day! Our CD/DVD Culture Clash Live and 2CD “live bootleg” Secret Show: Live In Osaka have been released into the wild. They’re both available for order and immediate shipment right now.


If you pre-ordered through our webstore, thanks so very much. Your digital download of the audio CD should be in your inbox, and the physical copy should already be on its way to you. Some of you might already have it. :-)

If you’re not the pre-ordering type and were waiting until release day…well, that day has arrived, so you know what to do.

And if you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t been seeing these hype-o-matic posts over the past couple of months, here’s a few preview videos from the DVD for you:

We couldn’t be prouder to share this with you as a wrap up of our Culture Clash World Tour. It’s also a nice transition as we prepare to head into the studio again in February to make the next album.

One important note: We were hoping to launch a pay-for-video-streaming service today for a digital-only version of the DVD. But after a lot of beta testing, it just didn’t work out, and we only want to bring the best possible experience to you. So that’s been shelved. A few folks out there helped us with that beta testing, and we are very grateful to those that did so – a hearty Aristocratic thank you to those brave souls.

You’ve heard enough from us in text. It’s time for you to hear from us onstage. We sincerely hope you enjoy Culture Clash Live and Secret Show: Live In Osaka, and thanks again for all of your support.

Best wishes to all,

The Aristocrats

P.S. Oh, and by the way, if you dig it, there are these things called Twitter and Facebook and Instagram where you could talk about it with like-minded folks…

The Aristocrats on Twitter (@acratsband)
The Aristocrats Facebook Page
The Aristocrats on Instagram


1/12Complete Song Preview Video From “Culture Clash Live”

We’re only 8 days away from the release date of our live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live (as well as our “official bootleg” 2CD Secret Show: Live In Osaka), and now we’ve got one last preview video to share with you – the complete song performance of “Culture Clash” from our show in Bangkok, Thailand.

Our good friends at Guitar World are hosting the exclusive video – click here to check it out now!

As we’ve mentioned, Culture Clash Live was professionally captured at six different shows in five different countries on three different continents. It’s more ambitious than anything we’ve ever put together.

And the “official bootleg” from Osaka is a complete show, pretty much start to finish, with no performance edits at all, and the first 1,000 units signed by Guthrie, Bryan and Marco.

Pre-orders will start shipping really soon to hit the January 20 release date. So, you know what comes next:

Click here to pre-order now!

Thanks again to everyone who made these releases possible. We really look forward to sharing them with you.

Cheers to all,
The Aristocrats


1/08Wanna Test Drive Our New Digital Video Store With “Boing, We’ll Do It Live!”?

I know we just posted about the presale for new live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live and limited-edition “official tour bootleg” 2CD Secret Show: Live In Osaka (release date January 20, preview video right here), but we’ve got some other exciting news to announce.

On January 20 (or very shortly thereafter) we’re going to release the main concert footage from the Culture Clash Live DVD digitally through a new service called Littlecast. It’s an emerging technology and we want to make sure that it’s all smooth for release day. So we’d like to take Littlecast for a test drive by releasing our first live DVD Boing, We’ll Do It Live! (preview video at the link) on Littlecast right now!

Maybe you already have it, maybe you don’t – but it’s a two-hour concert that we’re making available for the special introductory price of only $11.99 during this “Littlecast Test Drive” period. Plus, the video has been improved upon its original version for an even sharper resolution than the original.

With your purchase of the digital Boing, We’ll Do It Live! you’ll have unlimited hi-res streaming capability on your laptop or desktop, and you can download it to your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android). It will contain the concert footage only, no bonus features. We’re thinking that two hours of music should be enough. :-)

Note: Littlecast will say you’re getting the “Ability to stream and download unlimited while video is available.” In case you’re wondering, our intention is to keep the video up forever, as long as there’s an Aristocrats and a Littlecast.

So, how to get it? Like this:

1) Log in to Facebook. (This is a requirement – it won’t work without it. Our apologies to the Zucker-haters out there.)

2) Click this link. It should take you to our Littlecast page with Boing, We’ll Do It Live! right on it.

3) Click “Buy Now” in the lower right hand corner.

4) Follow the instructions for payment, via Facebook Payments or PayPal.

5) Get your confirmation e-mail, with links to all of the different options for viewing.

6) Click and enjoy!

That’s it! We’d love to hear from a few good men or women about your experience in purchasing and viewing this product, so feel free to write us at aristocratsinfo[at]gmail[dot]com​ and let us know how it goes. Or you can comment on our Facebook page on one of the threads there on this topic.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for more exclusive preview videos from Culture Clash Live coming up in early January, and we wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2015.

Best wishes to all,
The Aristocrats


1/06“Culture Clash Live” Preview Video – Behind The Scenes In Tokyo!

Hey everyone-

In case you missed it, our new pro-recorded live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live - as well as our limited-edition band-signed “official tour bootleg” 2CD Secret Show: Live In Osaka and a limited-edition Culture Clash Live t-shirt- is now available for presale! Release date is January 20, 2015. Click here to go straight to our webstore, or just scroll down to the previous post if you want more information on each release. We also released a preview video of that DVD.

Today we’ve got some more exciting news about Culture Clash Live. The two songs on the DVD from Tokyo were captured in a 20-camera shoot by video freak/editor Jason McNamara, and he took the time to make a special “behind the scenes” video of how he did. It’s quite cheeky and fun, and you can see that special bonus preview video by visiting our friends at Music Radar, who are hosting it exclusively for us.

If that video convinced you to pull the trigger, then you know what to do: just click here to order now. :-)

We’ll be sharing one more preview video next week before the whole thing drops on January 20, so stay tuned for that, and thanks to everyone who’s already ordered for their support. We’re grateful, and look forward to sharing the whole thing with you very soon.

Best wishes to all,
The Aristocrats


12/21“Culture Clash Live” and “Secret Show: Live In Osaka” Now Available For Pre-Order!

SURPRISE! We are launching the pre-sale of our new live CD/DVD Culture Clash Live, as well as our limited-edition “official bootleg” double-CD Secret Show: Live In Osaka, plus an exclusive new Culture Clash Live t-shirt, right freakin’ now!

Already convinced? Then just click here to pre-order from our webstore. Release date is January 20, just a month away.

Need convincing? Check out this DVD trailer preview below! (And feel free to share it if you’re so inclined. We approve of this.)

Here’s more info for those who need it:

* Culture Clash Live is a sprawling, professionally-recorded CD/DVD two-disc compilation taken from 6 shows in 5 countries on 3 continents.

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* Secret Show: Live In Osaka is a 2CD limited-release that serves as the tour’s “official bootleg”. It’s only available directly from us – and the first 1,000 ordered from our webstore will come signed by the band.

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* The official Culture Clash Live t-shirt is a brand new design by Culture Clash artist Tom Colbie, and again, only available directly from us.

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* Full disclosure: The Culture Clash Live DVD will also be available digitally through a new service called Littlecast. For a small fee (probably $12.95) you’ll have unlimited hi-res streaming capability on your laptop or desktop, and you can download it to your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android). It will contain the concert footage only, no bonus features. It also requires you to be signed in to Facebook, so just a heads up there. We’re still working that up, and we’ll have it ready by January 20. But we may test the new system by releasing our existing live DVD Boing, We’ll Do It Live! well before then.

Back in the physical world, here’s the full track listings:

Culture Clash Live CD Track Listing

Sweaty Knockers (Whittier, CA, USA)
Ohhhh Noooo (Whittier, CA, USA)
Get It Like That (Whittier, CA, USA)
Culture Clash (Whittier, CA, USA)
Gaping Head Wound (Whittier, CA, USA)
Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)
Culture Clash Live DVD Track Listing

Culture Clash Live DVD Track Listing

Furtive Jack (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Ohhhh Noooo (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Louisville Stomp (Manchester, UK)
Get It Like That (Tokyo, JAPAN)
Culture Clash (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Blues Fuckers (Mexico City, MX)
Gaping Head Wound (Mexico City, MX)
Desert Tornado (Bangkok, THAILAND)
Living The Dream (Zoetermeer, NL)

Secret Show: Live In Osaka track Listing

DISC ONE

Introduction
Furtive Jack
Sweaty Knockers
Ohhhh Noooo
Get It Like That
Culture Clash

DISC TWO

Flatlands
Parental Advisory (pronounced “Blues Fuckers”)
Gaping Head Wound
Twister (pronounced “Desert Tornado”)
Washed Passport (pronounced “Living The Dream”)
Erotic Cakes

We do hope you’ll check out the preview video, and then click to your heart’s desire. :-)

Thanks so much for your patience this year while we put this huge live package together, and happy holidays to one and all!

–The Aristocrats


12/17Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, Tosin Abasi and Andy Aledort Talk G4 Experience

The headline pretty much says it all – if you want to see a 10-minute YouTube video conference call recorded via Skype with Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan, Tosin Abasi (of Animals As Leaders) and Guitar World Senior Editor Andy Aledort all talking about the G4 Experience coming in late June, 2015 to Cambria, CA, then you know what you must do:

Click this link! 

Meanwhile, some late-breaking news: We’re moving up the schedule for the presale of Culture Clash Live a lot. Like, very soon. Days, not weeks. Watch this space. :-)

-The Aristocrats