ALBUM REVIEW: PRIMUS – “THE DESATURATING SEVEN”

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Primusnew album, The Desaturating Seven presents a hybrid between the band’s previous two LPs. Primus & The Chocolate Factory was a re-imagination of the soundtrack from the classic 1971 film and before that, Green Naugahyde was all original music plus Primus’ first full-length original release since the 2000-03 hiatus.

Finding middle ground as an originally composed album, but based off a children’s storybook circa 1978 called The Rainbow Goblins, The Desaturating Seven is the 9th full-length studio album from Primus. It also marks the 1st with the original trio of Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde (guitar), and Tim Alexander (drums) since 1995’s Tales from the Punchbowl. Claypool describes the Ui de Rico book, which helped create what Claypool calls “Goblin Rock”:

“There’s a beauty but also a dark eeriness for this compelling, sinister story. The paintings are incredible, vibrant, very unique looking—it’s a good contrast between dark and light visually and also metaphorically”

The album plays out similar to a string of wild dreams, retaining the quirkiness and humor of classic Primus but also carrying sinister and dark tones. A sweet balance of progressive rock, experimental, and funk have created this beautiful seven-track album. Also fairly noticeable is LaLonde’s guitar playing a more balanced role.

Claypool’s immense bass talent and sound often took front stage in many of Primus’ past songs/albums, where now the two instruments seem closer in importance to the value of the music (also with noticeably more volume and unique effects from LaLonde. Les Claypool still stands out immensely, as one of the world’s top bassists uses chords to perfection, along with buttery smooth grooves plus bass slapping that makes any musician envious.

Overall, The Desaturating Seven presents an album with high replay-ability due to the various feel of each song/dream while still retaining a signature Primus feel on each track. “The Seven” the first single released in conjunction with the album announcement, gives a solid preview in just 3 minutes of what to expect on The Desaturating Seven; at least 5 distinct sections with unique sounds that each could be the base for its own song. “The Storm” presents a Rush meets At The Drive-In progressiveness juxtaposed with the silliness of early 90s Primus.

Primus will also be touring in support of The Desaturating Seven and will be continuing their’ recent concert itineraries; one set consisting of songs selected from the trio’s entire catalog, and one set of The Desaturating Seven in order from start to finish. The previous two tours, Green Naughahyde as well as Primus & The Chocolate Factory both followed similar formulas. Expect to see incredible visuals at live shows reminiscent of artwork from the story, as Claypool mentions that he had one eye on the stage presentation during the album’s creation.

To purchase tickets to the band’s engagements at the Wiltern on December 30th and 31st, click here!

  • October 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Gardens
  • October 21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Lawn
  • October 22 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live
  • October 24 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial
  • October 25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
  • October 27 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theater
  • October 28 – Washington D.C. @ The Anthem
  • October 29 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
  • October 31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
  • November 2 – Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
  • November 3 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft Theater
  • November 4 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater
  • November 5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Theater
  • November 7 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theater
  • November 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
  • November 10 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Hotel
  • November 11 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • November 13 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
  • December 29  – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
  • December 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

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