Primus Announces New Album, Tour Dates

Primus: The Desaturating SevenPrimus fans rejoice! Les Claypool and the gang have announced a new album, entitled The Desaturating Seven, will be released on September 29th. It’s their first studio album of original material since 2011’s Green Naugahyde and will feature the band’s classic lineup of Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander.

The bass guru broke the news to Rolling Stone, explaining that the album’s theme is based on an obscure children’s book called The Rainbow Goblins. “I remember being incredibly impressed with the artwork and the storyline and the content and the message, and I thought, ‘Wow, this would make a great piece of music,'” Claypool told the magazine. “As I’m getting older, I’m realizing I need to start knocking some of these things off my list. So we did the Willy Wonka soundtrack a couple years back, and this was a project I wanted to do.”

As for the album’s sound, we have one clue with the first single: “The Seven.” The song has a strong King Crimson influence, Claypool admits. “It definitely has that Discipline feel,” he said, “but it’s also very reminiscent of [Primus’ 1991 track] ‘Jerry Was a Racecar Driver,’ that tapping and the syncopated bit with me and [guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde]. But all that probably comes from the Crimson influence as well because Crimson was definitely a big influence on the three of us.”

Primus has also announced a fall tour in support of The Desaturating Seven. The Ambushing the Storm tour kicks off October 20th in San Antonio, Texas and will make its way across the U.S. to end up at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, California.

Primus Fall 2017 Tour Dates:

Oct 20San Antonio, TXSunken Gardens
Oct 21Houston, TXWhite Oak Lawn
Oct 22Austin, TXACL Live
Oct 24Nashville, TNWar Memorial
Oct 25Richmond, VAThe National
Oct 27Albany, NYPalace Theater
Oct 28Washington D.C.The Anthem
Oct 29Port Chester, NYCapitol Theater
Oct 31Brooklyn, NYBrooklyn Steel
Nov 2Akron, OHGoodyear Theater
Nov 3Cincinnati, OHThe Taft Theater
Nov 4Louisville, KYPalace Theater
Nov 5St. Louis, MOPeabody Theater
Nov 7Knoxville, TNTennessee Theater
Nov 9Atlanta, GATabernacle
Nov 10Orlando, FLHard Rock Hotel
Nov 11Clearwater, FLRuth Eckerd Hall
Nov 13New Orleans, LACivic Theatre
Dec 29Los Angeles, CAThe Wiltern
Dec 30Los Angeles, CAThe Wiltern

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