Singled Out: The Aristocrats' Living The Dream
. Today supergroup The Aristocrats are releasing their brand new CD/DVD "Culture Clash Live" and to celebrate we asked Bryan Beller to tell us about the song "Living The Dream". The group also features Guthrie Govan and Marco Minnemann. Here is the story:
This song came to me when I was just unbelievably exhausted from a series of back to back to back tours - it started in Europe with The Aristocrats, then I flew from Athens, Greece to Fargo, ND (I may be the only person who's ever done that routing) for a U.S. tour with Dethklok, and then flew straight to Vladivostok, Russia for a few more Aristocrats dates. I got home from all of that jetagged to hell and sick on top of it, and I only had a few days to write one last song for The Aristocrats' upcoming recording session for our last album Culture Clash…and after a few hours of frustration, this super-aggressive metal-flavored song is what came out.
I'm always a bit leery of songs complaining about the lifestyle of rock stardom - after all, it was done about as well as it could be done on Pink Floyd's The Wall, right? - so while I sarcastically called it "Living The Dream", ultimately I wanted it to encompass everything about the crazy lifestyle of touring: The lows, the highs, and the just plain indescribable. It ended up being our set closer on the last tour, and it's the final track on both the CD and DVD of our new live album Culture Clash Live.
Truth be told, a bit of the music itself was inspired by the Strapping Young Lad song "Skeksis" from what I think is SYL's best album, Alien. If you ever want to be truly scared by music, that album stands alone to me as one of the most terrifying things I've ever heard. Terrifying, and also genius. I thought to myself, what if we could somehow combine that scary metal vibe with the Aristocrats trio vibe? And that's how the song was born.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!