By Christopher Scapelliti
Primus bassist Les Claypool has teamed up with guitarist Sean Lennon for a new project dubbed the Claypool Lennon Delirium.
The musical adventure began casually this past summer when Primus and Lennon’s band, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, toured together.
“We had a few backstage acoustic jamborees that I found interesting,” Claypool tells Rolling Stone, ”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.”
After the tour, Claypool invited Lennon to his house to “see if we couldn’t get some interesting sounds on tape,” he says. “Next thing I know he’s staying in my guesthouse over the holidays and we’re drinking vino, hunting mushrooms and throwing musical pasta at the walls.”
Their debut track, ”Cricket and the Genie,” is an eight-minute-long psychedelic-infused romp, led by Claypool’s limber bass work and Lennon’s distinctive vocals.
Though Lennon doesn’t take an opportunity to cut loose on guitar with this particular track, Claypool suggests other songs will feature more of his playing.
“One thing I think folks will be surprised by is what a monster of a guitar player Sean is,” he says. “Not only does he have technical ability, but also the sounds that come out of his rig tend to be pretty bent and compelling. His DNA definitely shines through, though it isn’t just his father’s musical sensibilities that he reflects but also his mother’s abstract perspective, which to me, makes for a glorious freak stew.”