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Primus Planning Willy Wonka-Themed Album
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.29.2014

Rolling Stone reports that Primus are back together for their eighth studio album, a tribute to the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The album is called Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble and will be released on October 21 throgugh ATO. You can also pre-order the album here. It will be the first album with the classic lineup (Les Claypool, guitarist Larry Lalonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander") since 1995.

Claypool said: "I don't think it was until Jaws came along that I was more obsessed with a film when I started drawing sharks all over my binders and notebooks. Prior to that it was everything Wonka."

The tribute was put together with Critters Buggin percussionist Mike Dillon and Frog Brigade cellist Sam Bass. The band previously had a Wonka-themed performance in Oakland on New Year's Eve.

Claypool added: "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. That's what I get out of it. Obviously that's some big-ass horn-tooting to be doing.

He also spoke about Alexander's percussion set-up. Instead of a drumkit he is in "a giant circle, or a pile of things to bang on."

He said: "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. 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."


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