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Welcome Back: Primus

Les Claypool and the classic-era line-up are back with a Chocolate coated new album. Expect the unexpected.

“We’re very excited to be back in a room together,” says Primus bassist/vocalist/mainman Les Claypool. The band’s new album, Primus And The Chocolate Factory, is their first for nearly 20 years to feature the ‘classic’ line-up of Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander. Their ‘reimagining’ of the timeless 1971 Willy Wonka film for the album sees them showing off their trademark quirky and deft style which, as Claypool reveals, is inspired as much by Rik Mayall as by The Residents.

The new album really captures Willy Wonka’s fairytale mix of fun and darkness.

The movie has its sinister elements, and the Roald Dahl books were_ really_ dark, and I felt we should reflect a bit of that. It’s based on my perception of Wonka back when I was young and saw it in the movie theatre. When you’re young some element of pop culture sucks you in, and that film was my entire world, until Jaws came along.

Primus And The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble is out now on ATO


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