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PVH5150
07-29-2014, 06:29 AM
Prepare to enter a world of pure imagination this October, as veteran thrash-funk eccentrics Primus release their eighth studio album, a wall to (lickable) wall tribute to the 1971 musical Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The clanging, ill-angled LP, titled Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, will be released on October 21st on ATO, but a pre-order is currently available. It will be the first album-length release from the classic, multi-platinum lineup leader Les Claypool, guitarist Larry Lalonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander since 1995.

"I don't think it was until Jaws came along that I was more obsessed with a film," Claypool tells Rolling Stone, "when I started drawing sharks all over my binders and notebooks. Prior to that it was everything Wonka." This tribute fleshed out with help from Critters Buggin percussionist Mike Dillon and Frog Brigade cellist Sam Bass is a logical extension of Primus' Wonka-themed performance in Oakland last New Year's Eve.

"As we started putting it together, especially with the expanded soundscape of having string and vibraphone and marimba, it started sounding to me like one of the early Peter Gabriel records meets Dark Side of the Moon meets the Residents," says Claypool. "That's what I get out of it. Obviously that's some big-ass horn-tooting to be doing."

The album clatters and spurts unlike any Primus record thanks to Alexander's percussion set-up instead of a drumkit, he's in the center of what Claypool describes as "a giant circle, or a pile of things to bang on."

"He's so musical at what he does, and he can be very orchestral when he wants to be, and taking him off a traditional kit just brought forth these sounds that we've just never gotten from him before," says Claypool. "If you saw this kit, you'd laugh your ass off. He couldn't get in and out of it. We'd open up a portion of it and shove him in there and then lock him in with other pieces of things."

Alexander rejoins Primus after last touring with them in 2008. He started a family in Northern Washington and, as Claypool heard, had quit playing drums altogether. A long phone call spurred a studio reunion nearly two decades in the making, but was recently sidelined after Alexander suffered a heart attack. He's currently working on what should be a speedy recovery before Primus launches a Chocolate Factory tour in October. "He was very adamant, before he went under the knife, that we not change anything that has to do with scheduling of Wonka," says Claypool. "So he's all about it."

Claypool suspects the tour will mirror the New Year Eve performance, a "stripped down, old school, nightclub Primus set" before opening the curtain to reveal the chocolate room for a full run-through of the Wonka material. "We're also talking about doing a matinee stage production of it, for kids," he says. "We're gonna do an early show that's only the Wonka thing and it'll be a short show 'cause kids have a short attention span."

In addition, fans may be able to looks forward to the return of the Primus candy bars made by Pennslyvania's Asher's Chocolates a hot sell at the Oakland show including Mr. Krinkle (crisped rice), Professor Nutbutter (peanuts) and Bastard Bar (dark chocolate).

"The tour and the album are solely a marketing tool just so we can sell candy bars," jokes Claypool. "That's the whole impetus of this entire project. Because the fucking recording industry rolled over and let this Internet shit all over us. So we had to come up with another income stream, so we're making chocolate bars because you can't digitize a chocolate bar yet."

The album will also be available on chocolate-colored vinyl and feature, naturally, five golden ones appropriately scattered about at random. "We need to make sure that kids in the future watch the original Willy Wonka and not the horrendous, horrible remake that came along and left the taste of feces in our mouths," says Claypool. "There are a lot of very talented people on the planet. And Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are two of those very talented people. But like all human beings, every now and then, we crap in our pants."

October 22 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theater
October 24 - Albany, NY @ Palace Theater
October 25 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
October 26 - Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center
October 28 - Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
October 29 - Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome
October 31 - Manhattan, NY @ Beacon Theater
November 1 - New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theater
November 2 - Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
November 3 - Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
November 5 - St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
November 7 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theater
November 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 9 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
November 11 - Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore
November 12 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 14 - Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live
November 15 - Austin, TX @ Moody Theater
November 16 - Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater
November 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater
November 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
November 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theater

300%_Density
07-29-2014, 06:33 AM
That is literally the first press release that I have absolutely no comment on.

mastodon421
07-29-2014, 06:39 AM
Only Primus would do something like this...

SignoftheHammer
07-29-2014, 07:08 AM
The album will probably be pretty fun to listen to, but I don't think I would go see them do those covers live.

DisposableJustice
07-29-2014, 08:39 AM
I wonder if they will tease any of these songs on their Riot Fest shows, I'd be interested to hear what they sound like

Natrlhi
07-29-2014, 08:52 AM
This announcement made me smile for multiple different reasons.

Those comments from Les are classic. Silly bastard genius. :party:

adamclark52
07-29-2014, 09:27 AM
It would be a good idea for them to add a show in Las Vegas on November 20th.

300%_Density
07-29-2014, 10:07 AM
This announcement made me smile for multiple different reasons.

Those comments from Les are classic. Silly bastard genius. :party:

Every bit of this. :D

Coma323
07-29-2014, 11:54 AM
Tickets already on sale at http://primusville.com/

MPF
07-30-2014, 01:03 PM
So here's some new Primus for you:

https://soundcloud.com/ato_records/primus-pure-imagination/s-WqCij

It feels like a bad drug trip you take after hanging out with Gene Wilder and Les Claypool after sharing peyote you got from Jim Morrison.

adamclark52
07-30-2014, 01:14 PM
^

Primus is one band I have truely grown out of. In 1996 I would have been tripping balls over this. But today I made it through about three minutes and moved on. I listen to anything pre-Antipop and would like to see them live again some day based solely on nostalgia. But anything new from them (or Les as a whole really) is just not for me.

Pass.

TonyD
07-30-2014, 03:29 PM
^Party pooper :ass:

adamclark52
07-30-2014, 03:42 PM
^Party pooper :ass:

More like "grumpy old fart".

300%_Density
07-30-2014, 06:50 PM
http://www.theprp.com/wp-content/uploads/primuschocolate.jpg

And these will be on sale too!

BRAman22
07-30-2014, 07:59 PM
That song is quite disturbing.

Natrlhi
07-31-2014, 06:09 AM
^

Primus is one band I have truely grown out of. In 1996 I would have been tripping balls over this. But today I made it through about three minutes and moved on. I listen to anything pre-Antipop and would like to see them live again some day based solely on nostalgia. But anything new from them (or Les as a whole really) is just not for me.

Pass.

If you like old Primus you should really check out [I]Green Naugahyde[\I]. It's fucking awesome.

SignoftheHammer
07-31-2014, 08:20 AM
Wow, that was actually better than I thought it would be!

adamclark52
07-31-2014, 08:31 AM
If you like old Primus you should really check out [I]Green Naugahyde[\I]. It's fucking awesome.

All the reviews I read were pretty harsh?

marker
07-31-2014, 09:11 AM
http://www.theprp.com/wp-content/uploads/primuschocolate.jpg

And these will be on sale too!

Made with Les's nutbutter
.

Natrlhi
07-31-2014, 09:20 AM
All the reviews I read were pretty harsh?

They were full of shit?

http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18138