Just when you thought it was over, Primus announces a three glorious weeks of headlining dates this fall in support of their ninth studio album, The Desaturating Seven, out now on ATO Records. The Desaturating Seven has brought Les Claypool (lead vocals, bass), Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums) back to the sounds and styles of their earlier days. “This record hearkens back to our prog roots-Rush, Yes, Crimson, all those things,” says Claypool. “It’s a little heavier than the last record, more intricate than anything we’ve done in a while.”
The Desaturating Seven is inspired by 1970’s children’s book The Rainbow Goblins by Italian author and artist Ul de Rico. Claypool often read the book to his children as they were growing up and it tells a story of seven goblins – one representing each color of the rainbow – who simultaneously pull all of the color out of the world.
It’s a story about gluttonous individuals sucking the colors out of the world,” says Primus singer/bassist Les Claypool. “The overuse of resources by the greedy elite, and how the meek masses can overcome them in the end by unifying. It seemed pretty relevant these days.
Claypool found particular inspiration in de Rico’s paintings for The Rainbow Goblins. “The artwork is just amazing,” he says. “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. And there’s always been a strong visual element to Primus.”
If you haven’t see The Desaturating Seven in its full running performance you’re missing a rare and unique treat. If you have seen it, come see it again in its enhanced glory.
Primus fan club members have access to a VIP pre-sale three days ahead of general pre-sale, starting on July 17 at 10am. Tickets are on sale to the public on July 20. All sales begin at 10am local time. For all GA shows, those who come in costume will be given preferred entry.
Primus Fall 2018:
Sept. 9 – Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center
Sept 19 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Pepsi Amphitheatre at Fort Tuthill Park
Sept 22 – San Antonio, TX @ River City Rockfest
Sept 23 – Tulsa, OK @ The Brady Theater
Sept 25 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
Sept 26 – Asheville, NC @ Highland Brewing Company
Sept 28 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live
Sept 30 – Louisville, KY @ Louder than Life Music Festival
Oct 1 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Oct 3 – Davenport, IA @ Adler Theatre
Oct 4 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
Oct 5 – Deadwood, SD @ Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino