Posted 10/19/2011 by cal
I went to the Orpheum
on Thursday pretty much blind; all I knew was that Primus
would be playing two sets. If you’d told me in advance that I’d be subjected to the new Green Naugahyde
in its entirety, I probably would’ve gone in with a bad attitude. Sure, I and the rest of the Les Claypool
geekosphere have been clamoring for new material to freshen up setlists for many years, but just playing the whole new album is gimmicky, likely to be constraining, and, um, I don’t really dig the album very much so far. The main reason: there’s not enough Ler
on it. He’s mostly relegated to generic, Andy Summers
-style fake reggae and staccato background strumming, frequently drowned out by the bass. It sounds more like a Claypool solo album than Primus. Knowing that the band would at least play a goodly amount from the album, I already had pretty low expectations going in; I just knew I’d be seeing friends I hadn’t seen in too long, and whatever happened, we’d have a blast rocking out to the classics if nothing else.