The Aristocrats comprise a trio of virtuosi: guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia), bassist Bryan Beller (Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Dethklok, Z) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Paul Gilbert, Necrophagist).
The album honors the band's panoramic potpourri of influences, while showing up as a more aggressive, intensely-written album that picks up where the band’s debut left off – all while retaining a quirky Zappa-influenced refusal to take themselves too seriously.
That’s evidenced by the album’s title alone, which derives its name from a sly reference to the Coen Brothers’ film A Serious Man, and doubles as an allusion to the band’s multi-national makeup (Govan is British, Beller is American and Minnemann is German).
There's also a Deluxe Edition of the album which includes a bonus DVD called Accept The Mystery: The Making Of The Aristocrats' "Culture Clash". That version will include studio footage and exclusive interviews with each member of the band. And a limited-edition double-album vinyl edition (only 1,000 copies being pressed) of Culture Clash will be released in late September exclusively through Hostile City Distribution and the band's webstore, with preorders opening in late August.
Gibson.com spoke to Beller in our look at long-distance musical collaboration . "I've done an album for a U.K. progressive rock band called Godsticks, a Japanese hard rock radio show theme song, all sorts of one or two song instrumental boutique projects, a technical death metal album, a male pop-rock vocal album for a friend, the world's most insanely difficult fusion project ever (an English artist named Anders Helmerson), and on and on," Beller said. "I think the first record I ever did completely remotely was James La Brie's first Mullmuzzler album in the late '90s, but that wasn't digital. Same concept, though - a lot of faith on the artist's part and self-production on my part."