Primus puts finishing touches on first album in 11 years 

Finally, the announcement that Les Claypool’s rabid following has been awaiting: The first Primus studio album in 11 years, “Green Naugahyde,” has been completed, and will hit shelves on Sept. 13 via Prawn Songs/ATO.

Recorded at Claypool’s own Rancho Relaxo studio, the comeback features a classic lineup of Larry LaLonde and Jay Lane, who brought back a certain “Frizzle Fry” energy to these proceedings, in Claypool’s estimation.

The last time we spoke to the zany bandleader a few months ago, he swore that Primus had totally immersed itself in ponderous prog rock this time around. “And my favorite song on the record, thus far, is “The Last Salmon Man”,” he reported. “And I don’t know if it’s chapter three or four in ‘The Fisherman’s Chronicles,’ but that seems to be the one that’s sticking in everyone’s head.”

Speaking of prog, since Claypool has been fast friends with Geddy Lee and the other members of genre-defining outfit Rush, Primus was a logical choice to play their recent induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

“And it’s funny, because I don’t get nervous really,” said the perpetually garrulous Claypool. “The things I get nervous about are strange things, like hanging out at my kid’s school with all the parents. But that Rush thing I was really nervous about — we played ‘Spirit Of Radio’ with cello, vibraphone and marimba, and I said a little speech, and I actually kinda croaked a bit during the speech. And that’s just not like me. But it was certainly strange playing in front of what looked like a society crowd. And the Rush guys! It was like everyone was wearing a monocle or something!”

Catch the trio at Bonnaroo, or keep apprised of full fall tour dates at www.primusville.com.

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