Les Claypool is always pushing the boundaries of bass and taking his music to new levels of greatness and weirdness.
The recent Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble album puts a slow, upright-slathered, and distinctly Les spin on the psychedelic flavor of the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley soundtrack to the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Les explains to our sister publication Bass Player, “When we finished up the last album cycle, I had this idea of taking on some sort of sacred cow, either with my band or with Primus. And then when Herb came back, we were all excited about Primus. I always had the creepy ‘Candyman’ idea in my head, so it kind of stemmed from there.
“Every year, we do a New Year’s show with a theme, so last year we decided to do the Wonka theme and play some of the songs from the Wonka soundtrack in our own way. Next thing I knew, we were doing the entire record. It just fell together so nicely. It’s one of the smoothest undertakings I’ve done in a long time.” You can read the full article here.
Here for your enjoyment is the world premiere of the band’s psychedelic new single ���Candyman.”