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Guthrie Govan Releases Part II of String-Bending Master Class

Posted on October 7th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan

Earlier this month, we came across the first of a two-part master class Guthrie Govan filmed for Guitarist magazine that focused solely on string-bending within the framework of the minor pentatonic scale.

Guitarist has since posted the second edition of Govan’s expert lesson, except this time, the Aristocrats guitarist dealt with the diatonic scale.

“The main difference with these scales – as opposed to the pentatonic scales – is that the bends are smaller. They hurt less,” Govan said. “In some cases, it might place a different kind of demand on your ear in terms of trying to sound as in-tune as possible, but it’s all achievable. There will be no bleeding fingertips this month, I solemnly assure you.”

Of course, Govan led the class on one of his signature Charvel models, choosing a beauty with a flame maple top.

Watch the lesson after the jump and click here to pick up your copy of Guitarist. (more…)

Preview the Aristocrats’ New Album ‘Tres Caballeros’

Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by MDuffy

Tres Caballeros
The Aristocrats have a new album called Tres Caballeros scheduled to drop on June 23, and for those that just can’t wait to sample the new music, the trio has released a teaser trailer that covers the entire record.

Recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, Tres Caballeros is the Aristocrats’ third full-length and represents another step in their layered fusion stylings.

“We’ve learned a lot since we started this band—four years, three studio albums, two live DVDs and about a billion notes ago—and I think our latest offering reflects this in all kinds of ways,” guitarist Guthrie Govan told Guitar World.

“The decision to road-test our new material in front of a live audience before commencing the recording process; the choice to record in a studio that had some thoroughly inspiring rock and roll ‘mojo;’ our sudden urge to become more bold and experimental with overdubs rather than feeling any pressure to record exclusively in a strict ‘trio’ format … all of this has had some kind of positive effect on the way the new record came out.

“Plus, I think the material on this album is some of the most interesting stuff we’ve ever written for each other, so … here’s hoping our noble listeners will like the finished product as much as we do!”

Check out the trailer after the jump.  (more…)

The Aristocrats Ready New Album ‘Tres Caballeros’

Posted on May 13th, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan

Guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann are coming back soon with the Aristocrats’ third studio album, Tres Caballeros, which is due out June 23.

The effort will not only be released as a standard CD, but the band is also readying a deluxe CD/DVD that will include a 30-minute documentary featuring live and in-studio footage, outtakes and interviews.

For a taste of the music, preview the DVD after the jump and click here to pre-order your copy of Tres Caballeros.

Guthrie Govan Answers Fan Questions at Master Class

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan
The great Guthrie Govan recently answered a few questions from fans during a master class at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London.

The Aristocrats axeman talked about his favorite type of places to play and some of the best advice he’s ever received in the music industry.

Watch the clip after the jump.  (more…)

The Aristocrats Debut Sneak Peek of New Live Album

Posted on January 21st, 2015 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan
With their new album and DVD combo, Culture Clash Live, coming out this week, the Aristocrats have released a video of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann performing the title track.

Watch the “Culture Clash” after the jump and pick up Culture Clash Live here. (more…)

Watch Guthrie Govan Create a Killer Loop

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan recently filmed a demo of the Ditto X2 Looper from TC Electronics using his new signature Charvel guitar.

The Aristocrats axeman wasted no time in creating an amazing loop that built and built for just over two minutes.

Watch Govan in action after the jump. (more…)

Guitar World Features Guthrie Govan & Jake E Lee Signature Models

Posted on February 25th, 2014 by MDuffy

Representatives from Guitar World were on-hand at the 2014 Charvel Showcase at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., where they got a close look at the new Guthrie Govan and Jake E Lee signature guitars.

Charvel’s own Mike McGregor points out all the key features of each model in the videos below.

Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel and the Aristocrats Rock the NAMM Jam

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by MDuffy

Over the past few years, the NAMM Jam has hosted some of the most talented artists in an event that is always called the hottest ticket at the NAMM Show.

This year’s concert was no different.  The buzz for the NAMM Jam built throughout the week, and as the concert at the Grove in Orange, Calif., neared on Saturday night, it was clear that it was going to be tough to gain access.

And rightfully so, as the crowd was set to witness the exciting progressive stylings of Guthrie Govan and the Aristocrats and Periphery, and to also see legendary guitarist Jake E Lee in action after a lengthy hiatus.

Lee’s new band Red Dragon Cartel has been touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which is an excellent showcase of his blues and hard rock background.  In addition, the prospect of viewing the former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist perform “Bark at the Moon” was the topic of constant chatter.

Things started off with Jake Allen, a late add to the bill, but a welcome one, for sure.  Allen’s inventive and original sounds blend rock, jazz and progressive music.  The fact that he achieves those sounds as a fingerstyle guitarist make Allen all the more impressive.

Allen, whose latest record is called Etherica, seized the audience’s attention by plucking away at this acoustic guitar, working his way up and down the frets and slapping its body for added percussion.

Then it was time for the Aristocrats, the technically mind-bending trio consisting of Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minneman.  Govan explained the union of a Brit (Govan), a German (Minneman) and an American (Beller) as part of the reason for the title of the band’s sophomore studio album Culture Clash.

The band was expertly tight all evening, and the collective atmosphere of the group shone through with each song.  There was one that Minneman wrote that challenged traditional blues concepts, and another one – “Louisville Stomp” – that Beller said sounds like the theme to the popular 1990s cartoon Ren & Stimpy.  Funny thing is, Guthrie’s rambunctious guitar in “Louisville Stomp” kind of does recall the show’s intro.

Periphery was up next, carrying the flag for the djent movement in progressive metal with an amazing instrumental performance.  For this D.C.-area group, the three-pronged guitar attack of Misha Mansoor, Jake Bowen and Mark Holcomb put forth an aural assault that bassist Adam Getgood and drummer Matt Halpern complemented with their aggressive rhythm section.

Following a 30-minute interlude by the always-provocative Johnny Coffin Fashion Show, in which L.A. fashion designers focused on an “Ode to Motorhead” theme, it was time for Red Dragon Cartel.

Coming out dressed in all black with his long hair tied in a topknot, Lee was hot from the beginning.  Not only did Red Dragon Cartel pull out several gems from their new album like “War Machine,” “Shout It Out” and the latest single “Seether,” but they also paid homage to Lee’s tenure with Osbourne and Badlands.

“I’m very, very lucky to do this song,” singer D.J. Smith said before launching into a stirring version of Badland’s “In a Dream.”  For that one, Smith was joined only by Lee’s soulful guitar as he plaintively sang, “In the morning I awake, and I’m blessed by God’s grace, just to open my eyes, see your face.”

The band also played Badland’s “Rumblin’ Train,” with Lee wringing every bluesy note out of his guitar.

For the big finale, Lee broke into his famous riff for “Bark at the Moon,” the iconic Osbourne track.  Several shouts of approval came from the crowd, as camera phones popped up to capture Lee doing what he does best.

The invitation-only NAMM Jam also gathered together many other musicians who were at NAMM, including Machine Head’s Phil Demmel, Chris Broderick and David Ellefson of Megadeth, Letlive’s Jeff Sayhoun, Wes Hauch and Michael Keene of the Faceless, and Bleeding Through’s Dave Nassie; among others.

And with all that star power under the Grove’s roof, the NAMM Jam continued its status as a must-see event.

Red Dragon Cartel and the Aristocrats to Play NAMM Jam 2014

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by MDuffy

This year’s NAMM Jam at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., is set to be yet another blockbuster event, as the legendary Jake E Lee will headline the concert with his new project Red Dragon Cartel.

In addition, international guitar virtuoso Guthrie Govan and his band the Aristocrats are set to perform, as will progressive metallers Periphery.

Now in its fifth year, NAMM Jam 2014  is an invitation-only event that will be held at the Grove of Anaheim on Friday, Jan. 24.  Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.  NAMM Show attendees who would like an opportunity to attend should visit the Charvel Showcase in Ballroom E on the third floor of the Anaheim Convention Center or Rock-N-Roll Gang Star in booth No. 4196.

Guthrie Govan Featured in November’s Guitar World

Posted on September 26th, 2013 by MDuffy

Guthrie Govan the Aristocrats
Guthrie Govan is featured in the November edition of Guitar World, where the genre-bending virtuoso talked about his band the Aristocrats and their sophomore studio album Culture Clash.

Govan also touched on his history with the guitar, why he picked it up and who has influenced him over the years.

“I had this wide-eyed fascination with all of music when I was three years old and learning to play my first Elvis Presley songs on guitar,” he told the magazine. “And something that I figured out a long time ago is that music is all around you. You don’t just have to learn guitar solos from your favorite records; you can learn jingles from the TV; you can learn the music that the ice cream man is playing. I’ve always tried to stay open to all the noises I hear around me.”

Read a portion of the feature here and pick up a copy of the Aristocrats’ new album and DVD here.

In addition, check out a preview of the live DVD Accept the Mystery: The Making of the Aristocrats’ Culture Clash below.

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