McStine & Minnemann is a new band consisting of Randy McStine and Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats). Pre-orders for their debut album will begin on Friday, May 1st, along with the release of their first single, “Program.” Over ten minutes from the album can be heard below.
The duo initially met in 2018 while working with other artists, but as they discovered their shared passion for an assortment of Rock, Pop, and Punk artists, they began to talk about embarking on a collaborative project together. Although McStine and Minnemann initially set out to record an EP, they quickly shifted to making an album as their musical ideas and chemistry flourished.
The result of their self-titled debut, McStine & Minnemann, is a high-energy collection of ten compact, yet expansive Rock songs that sit well next to the likes of XTC, Mr. Bungle, The Knack, Queen, and Frank Zappa. As both men are prolific multi-instrumentalists and writers, they have created a space for each other to showcase their incomparable instrumental talents, while infusing them with an incredible mix of melodic and lyrical depth.
McStine & Minnemann was produced by the duo, and mixed by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, SikTh).
Randy McStine is an acclaimed guitarist, bassist, and vocalist, whose initial work under the name Lo-Fi Resistance led to collaborations with members of King Crimson, Joe Satriani, Porcupine Tree, King’s X, Tears For Fears, and more. McStine’s work embraces genres such as Rock, Progressive, Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Pop, and Ambient. Towards the end of 2019, McStine released a new album called ‘Idle’, which coincided with a 20-date North American tour as support for The Pineapple Thief.
Marco Minnemann is one of the world’s most respected drummers, having recorded and performed with diverse artists such as Paul Gilbert, The Buddy Rich Big Band, Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Necrophagist, U.K. and Alex Lifeson. His own band, The Aristocrats (featuring Guthrie Govan and Bryan Beller), is a hugely sought-after touring act all over the world. Marco is also an accomplished guitarist and composer, which is evident throughout his vast catalog of solo albums. His most recent album, ‘My Sister,’ was released in 2019.
Marco Minnemann is a German drummer, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He lives in San Diego, California, and has released a lot of solo albums since the mid 90s.
He also performs with several other groups like Eddie Jobson and UK, The Sea Within, The Mute Gods and was a member of the German Crossover band Freaky Fukin Weirdoz from 1992–98, with whom he recorded 4 albums.
From 2011-2016 he has been a member of Steven Wilson's studio and live band and, on occasion, his touring band as well.
He is also a member of the rock group The Aristocrats and has performed with Joe Satriani since 2013. Marco also toured and released a DVD with Necrophagist and played this year the Cruise To The Edge and On The Blue Cruise with Steve Hackett.
His new album "My Sister" is now on pre-order.