Les Claypool and the guys are back with a Willy Wonka tribute
By Mindy Rochwerg
October 15, 2014
Primus’ new album, Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, will be the first album in a long time for the classic lineup of Les Claypool on bass guitar, Larry LaLonde on guitar and Tim “Herb” Alexander on drums.
Apparently, Les Claypool has had an obsession with the original 1971 version of the film Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. Earlier this year, Primus performed the entire soundtrack at a New Year’s Eve performance, at which Oompa Loompas could be seen dancing onstage and Claypool himself was dressed in a purple waistcoat and brown top hat.
According to Collin Brennan of Consequence of Sound, Claypool is fond of quoting Willy Wonka, especially the line “There’s no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going,” which, Brennan points out, could be a description of the band’s motto, given the variety of genres the band has attempted – punk, funk, thrash, stoner metal and jazz.
Listeners of the album might have trouble recognizing the sounds from the soundtrack. Brennan points out that the songs have the same lyrics and roughly the same sound structures, but the resemblance ends there. He describes the songs as “creepy.”
The tour to promote the album begins this month and is expected to be something like the New Year’s Eve performance.
Label: ATO Records
Release date: October 21, 2014