The Claypool Lennon Delirium “South Of Reality’
Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are.
Their efforts thus far have spawned the upcoming, full-length release called �Monolith of Phobos.�Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After a successful summer tour, pairing Primus with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the two bandleaders, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, have decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Their efforts thus far have spawned the upcoming, full-length release called �Monolith of Phobos.�
�Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart,� said Claypool. �He definitely reflects his genetics–not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother. It makes for a glorious freak stew.� After some impromptu, backstage jams and an epic live sit-in on Primus�s psychedelic opus, �Southbound Pachyderm,� Claypool approached Lennon about doing a recording project. �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. �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.�
Lennon responded, �I told Les that I was Neil Diamond�s nephew. I think that is what really sold him on the idea of working with me.�
Over the course of six weeks or so, the two wrote and recorded a total of ten songs with both of them sharing various vocal and instrumental responsibilities, going beyond their core instruments of bass and guitar. Claypool explained, �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.�
�Monolith of Phobos� is just how the title implies–an old-school approach to a psychedelic space rock record.
Lennon added, �It�s been an honor and a challenge playing with someone of Les� caliber, but luckily the Gods of Pinot Noir shone favorably down and granted us a bundle of devilish tunes about monkeys, outer space and sexual deviancy.�
The Claypool Lennon Delirium �Monolith of Phobos� record is slated for a spring release and the band will be touring through the summer.