With Les Claypool’s involvement in so many different projects these days, it’s a rare treat to catch the cartoon-voiced, bass-playing wizard on tour fronting his original band. On the second of three consecutive nights playing Brooklyn Bowl, Primus dipped deeply into the trio’s catalog, dating back 25 years.
Primus is probably the only band that can appeal to both metalheads and Deadheads alike, with Larry “Ler” LaLonde’s shredding guitar riffs offset by Tim “Herb” Alexander’s tribal drumming on songs such as “Spegetti Western” and “Over the Electric Grapevine.” It has also given them the impetus to become more exploratory on stage than they were two decades ago, stretching out songs such as “American Life” with improvisational passages.
Of course, Claypool remains the conductor behind Primus’ musical madness. He dazzled with an upright bass and bow on “Eternal Consumption Engine” and “Jilly’s On Smack,” and secured his standing as one of rock’s most inventive bassists ever with mind-blowing dexterity on classics “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers” and “Tommy the Cat.” There’s still no band more wonderfully weird than Primus. ★★★★✩
Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread
Over the Falls
Lee Van Cleef
Last Salmon Man
Eternal Consumption Engine
Jilly’s On Smack
Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers
Jerry Was A Race Car Driver
Over the Electric Grapevine
Tommy the Cat
Photos by Chase Stevens/ Erik Kabik Photography