Knowing how Primus has a long history of hi-res releases and original 5.1 surround mixes, we here at HRAC are hoping Desaturating follows suit on both fronts.
The Desaturating Seven is the band’s first studio album of original material since 1995’s Tales From The Punchbowl with the classic Primus lineup of Les Claypool (vocals, bass), Larry LaLonde (guitar), and Tim Alexander (drums).
The Desaturating Seven is inspired by a 1970s children’s book Claypool often read to his kids when they were growing up. The book tells a story of seven goblins — one representing each color of the rainbow — who simultaneously pull all of the color out of the world.
“Many years ago when my children were little kidlets scurrying around the place wreaking havoc and whatnot till it was time for bed and book time, my wife turned them on to a book called The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico,” Claypool explained. “The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, ‘This would make good fodder for a piece of music.’ The use of color and darkness both in the paintings and the writing was compelling and now, near 2 decades later, the metaphor of greed, gluttony, and deceit vs unity of the masses is eerily relevant. I brought the notion to the Primus guys and they were all for it. Plus, I figured it’s about time someone brought ‘Goblin Rock’ back to the fold.”
The Desaturated Seven will have two unique vinyl pressings — a limited edition desaturated version drained of most of its color with a white vinyl, and a version with full color sleeve and clear vinyl with rainbow splatter. You can pre-order the album here. Rolling Stone just debuted the first single “The Seven,” which you can listen to here.
Currently on a summer tour with Clutch, Primus have also announced new fall dates throughout the south and east coast including a Halloween show at New York City’s Brooklyn Steel. All dates are listed below.