July 31, 2017
Yiiihaaa! Primus are back following a six-year break and they’ve got two awesome news: the band have just announced their new album, The Desaturating Seven, and released the first new song since 2011, ‘The Seven’! It’s been hell of a long hiatus but hey, it was so worth the wait! Give the new superprogressive single a listen and you’ll understand why.
‘The Seven’ is, of course, one of the tracks you’ll hear on the band’s upcoming album, The Desaturating Seven, which is due for release September 29 on ATO Records. In fact, Primus fans heard the inofficial, live version of this track back in May, when the band surprised their audience in Colorado with the debut of the song. You can check out the live debut of ‘The Seven’ below.
It won’t be overstated, if we predict ‘The Seven’ to become iconic in their discography and to surpass many of their earlier world famous hits. If each song on the new Primus album isn’t far away musically from ‘The Seven’, it means we’re in for an adventurous sound ride on The Desaturating Seven.
According to Metal Injection, the upcoming album marks the band’s first new record since 1995’s Tales From The Punchbowl with their classic lineup, featuring bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander.
Inspired by 1970s children’s book The Rainbow Goblins that the vocalist read to his kids, The Desaturating Seven is all about the fight of the light (color) and darkness, a “metaphor of greed, gluttony, and deceit vs. unity of the masses”:
“The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, ‘This would make good fodder for a piece of music,’ Claypool explains. “The use of color and darkness both in the paintings and the writing was compelling and now, near two decades later, the metaphor of greed, gluttony, and deceit vs. unity of the masses is eerily relevant. I brought the notion to the Primus guys and they were all for it. Plus, I figured it’s about time someone brought ‘Goblin Rock’ back to the fold.”
If you’re new to the music of Primus, you should know that this alt-rock/funk-metal band has been around since mid-1980s. It was Primus who recorded the original theme song for the TV show South Park (do you remember this tune?) and were nominated for a Grammy with their 1995′ song ‘Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver’. Two albums later, in 2000, the group declared a hiatus, because Claypool had shifted his focus to his other projects («Colonel Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade», «Oysterhead»).
Primus returned to the music scene in the full sense only in 2010 with the announcement of their first full-length in 12 years, Green Naugahyde. Since then and until the start of this year, the band hadn’t been too active, but judging by ‘The Seven’, it looks like the musicians hadn’t been wasting over the past few months.
Do you like the new song, ‘The Seven’? Are you thinking it would be cool to catch Primus live this fall? Then be sure to check out their numerous US tour dates below. The group are already currently on the road, touring with Clutch, with the gigs scheduled until the end of this year.
Primus Fall 2017 Tour Dates:
08/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom *
08/02 – Mankato, MN @ Vetter Stone Amphitheater *
08/04 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre *
08/05 – Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads *
08/06 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom *
08/08 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee *
08/09 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *
08/11 – Bonner, MT @ KettleHouse Amphitheater *
08/12 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield *
08/13 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater *
08/15 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *
08/17 – Stateline, NV @ Hard Rock Casino – Lake Tahoe *
08/18 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre *
09/03 – Chicago, IL @ North Coast Music Festival
10/20 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater
10/21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/22 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
10/24 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
10/25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
10/27 – Albany, NY @ The Palace Theatre
10/28 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
10/29 – Port Cheaster, NY @ Capital Theatre
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
11/02 – Akron, OH @ The Goodyear Theatre
11/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
11/04 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
11/05 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
11/07 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
11/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/10 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
11/11 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
11/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
11/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
[* with Clutch]