The mighty Primus have been bringing their own unique style of music to the table since the mid-80s and while the term genre-defining is often used to describe a band these days, it actually does fit with Primus – a band that WinAmp actually gave its own genre tag to.
Now hot of the release of their The Desaturating Seven album Primus are about to hit our shores and main man Les Claypool was only too happy to sit down and chat about what fans can expect this time around.
“I love coming to Australia,” says Les abruptly. “Australia is very different to most places on the planet. It’s a great place to get Vitamin D because it has a heap of sunshine, I also like to get a little bit of salt around my gills. It is just a fabulous spot. And with have a shitload of material ready for you guys. We’ve just done this Goblin record so we’ve playing stuff off The Desaturating Seven in its entirety so we’ll be playing huge slabs off that, that’s the dare I say concept album that we wrote based on this amazing children’s book by Ul de Rico called The Rainbow Goblin which I discovered twenty years ago when my children were wee pipsqueaks.”
Les says that he is also surprised that so many people have said the album is so different to other albums in Primus’ back catalogue. “To me it is very much like our early work,” he says after thinking for a moment. “It’s more like some of the more progressive things that we have done in the past. Originally I was thinking about doing it with Delirium, my project with Sean Lennon, but after I played a few songs for Larry he wanted to do it and of course Tim Alexander fit in perfectly well with this – so it kind of goes back to a lot of our art rock roots. It seemed to fit for us. What was there to fear? I don’t necessarily see the bravery. It seemed like an interesting bit of art and I had been wanting to do it for a number of years. It was on the back burner and as I was getting older I started to realise that I needed to bring some of these things to the front burner before I fall off the planet”
For our full interview including Les and Dave talking gourmet hotdogs (a first for Primus) take a listen to the audio track above.
Primus are about to hit our shores so make sure you grab your tickets right here – http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Primus-tickets/artist/735894