Primus | Chicago Theatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., April 10, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $29.50-$75
What kind of record does an experimental-funk-metal band make after each of its weirdo members surpasses the age of 50? A reinterpretation of a classic soundtrack from a children’s movie, apparently. Primus, the noisy, bizarre, slap-bass-driven trio that dominated late-night airwaves in the 90s, is back with its best-known lineup—bassist-vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander—whose last LP together was 1995’s Tales From the Punchbowl. But instead of doing what it’s most comfortable at doing—spinning high-strung, rambling yarns about talking cats, big brown beavers, and drunken race-car drivers—Primus is making its comeback with a take on the beloved soundtrack to the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. On Primus & the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble (ATO), the band twists familiar and wholesome source material enough to make it fresh and interesting. Songs have a darker, moodier edge as they plod along with a behind-the-beat elephant stomp, and Claypool—forever one of rock’s oddest front men—paints each track with a huge palette of drugged-out voices and accents. This record is a weird one, for sure, but being weird is what Primus does best. On this tour, the band will be selling a variety of chocolate bars that reference past songs and records: Mr. Krinkle Bars, Professor Nutterbutter Bars, and the Bastard Bar. —Luca Cimarusti
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