Early Primus Albums Set For Reissue
The out-of-print early works of Primus will get new life courtesy of frontman Les Claypool's Prawn Song label, which will on April 23 reissue both the band's debut live LP "Suck on This," and its firsThe out-of-print early works of Primus will get new life courtesy of frontman Les Claypool's Prawn Song label, which will on April 23 reissue both the band's debut live LP "Suck on This," and its first full-length studio album, "Frizzle Fry." Both have been remastered, and will boast new liner notes by Claypool detailing the making of the albums. "Frizzle Fry" has also been bolstered with a cover medley of the Residents' "Hello Skinny/Constantinople."
"Suck on This" and "Frizzle Fry" were released in rapid succession in early 1990, documenting the early post-punk/metal/funk sound of the unique San Francisco-based trio, which at the time featured bassist Claypool, drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, and guitarist Larry LaLonde. "Suck on This," recorded live at the Berkeley Square club, features nine tracks, including the first appearances of future touchstones such as "John the Fisherman" and "Tommy the Cat."
"Frizzle Fry" was the studio introduction to Primus, presenting the group's dissonant, yet engaging stylistic blend over the course of such songs as "Too Many Puppies," "Mr. Knowitall," and the epic opener "To Defy the Laws of Tradition."
With Primus now officially on hiatus, Claypool has been spending his time with two other outfits, Les Claypool's Frog Brigade and Oysterhead. The Frog Brigade issued two live albums last year, while Oysterhead -- with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland -- released "The Grand Pecking Order" last October via Elektra.
Claypool is currently recording a studio album with the Frog Brigade, which his official Web site describes as "an assortment of new material of various shades and colors." Critters Buggin' saxophonist Skerik and percussionist Mike Dillon as well as guitarist Warren Haynes (Govt. Mule, Allman Brothers Band) have contributed material to the sessions so far.
The Frog Brigade is also planning spring and summer tour dates, including May 3 and 5 appearances in New Orleans as part of this year's Jazzfest and a July 5 performance at the Mariaville, N.Y. "Gathering of the Vibes" festival. A West Coast tour runs April 18-26.