Never a band to shy away from strangeness, Primus have announced that their forthcoming album “The Desaturating Seven” is based on an obscure Italian children’s book “The Rainbow Goblins” written in 1978 by Ul de Rico. As their last album was their interpretation of the soundtrack to the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory” which the band re-imagined as “Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble”, we shouldn’t be too startled by their inspiration for this, their ninth album.
The first single from the new album – “The Seven” is full of prog-rock time changes, which band leader Les Claypool admits owes a debt to early eighties King Crimson. The concept was originally earmarked for one of Claypool’s side projects – The Claypool Lennon Delirium (featuring John Lennon’s son Sean) – but Claypool decided that the “vibrant and intense and eerie and somewhat creepy” artwork and storyline worked better with his Primus bandmates Tim Alexander and Larry “Ler” LaLonde.
“The Desaturating Seven” is, out on September 29th via ATO Records. The band will undergo their first tour since 2014 to promote it – they’re playing live in the U.S, starting in San Antonio on October 20th and finishing up in New Orleans on November 13th. There are also two shows in Los Angeles, on December 29-30th.
The track listing for “The Desaturating Seven” is as follows: