Les Claypool Wanted To Reunite Oysterhead, But The Plans Didn’t Work Out

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first_imgIt’s been an exhilarating start to the week for Les Claypool fans, with an exciting new project on the rise with Beatle progeny, Sean Lennon. Yesterday, The Claypool Lennon Delirium confirmed an extensive national tour, including three festival dates, following the release of a full album. Things just keeps getting more interesting, with their unlikely match-made collaborations, and in a new statement revealing they come together in a time when Oysterhead could have… “I was trying to wrangle up an Oysterhead reunion since Primus was taking a rest for 2016 but the planets just wouldn’t align for that,” said Claypool in a statement on the band’s website. “I don’t like sitting around, so when Sean said he didn’t have plans for this next year, we started kicking around the notion of making an old-school, psychedelic/prog record. Next thing I know, he’s staying in my guesthouse, drinking my vino and banging on my drums.”The two met when Lennon’s Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger toured with Primus last summer, and the musical connection sparked when Lennon sat in with Primus for an epic “Southbound Pachyderm” after proving himself in a jam session backstage. Thanks to some fan-shot footage, we can see the moment that started it all:“We had a few backstage, acoustic jamborees that I found interesting but when [Sean] sat in with us and melted our faces with his guitar during ‘Southbound Pachyderm,’ I realized that this fella had some chops,” Claypool told Rolling Stone. Yesterday, the bassist revealed more about recording with Sean Lennon, “Usually I play the drums and percussion on my records but Sean has such a different feel than I do, it just made more sense for him to man the kit on most of the tunes on this project. I took the helm at my old vintage API console and let him bang away. He was happy as a piggy rolling in shit every time he grabbed the sticks…his drumming is like a cross between Ringo and Nick Mason. But I think folks will be most surprised by what a monster guitar player he is, especially when you prod him a bit.”While he might not be Trey Anastasio, we are definitely excited about this new project. Listen to The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s newest track from their upcoming album Monolith of Phobos and check their tour schedule here. [H/T JamBase]last_img

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