Last year, Sean Lennon released an album with his psych-rock band the Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger, and he’s already contributed a song to the Ava’s Possessions soundtrack this year. But as Pitchfork points out, Lennon has just announced an album from a new band, and it’s a weird one: The Lennon Claypool Delirium, which pairs Lennon up with Les Claypool, the slap-bass virtuoso and longtime frontman of Bay Area quirk-rockers Primus. The two have gotten together to record a new LP called The Monolith Of Phobos, which will come out in a couple of months. First single “Mr. Wright” is a giddily deranged psychedelic bugout, one that takes one of Claypool’s rubbery basslines and then riffs on it endlessly from there. The band is planning a big summer tour with a live band that also includes Mark Ramos Nishita, better known as they keyboardist and Beastie Boys sideman Money Mark. Below, listen to “Mr. Wright” and read some quotes about the project from Lennon and Claypool.
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.
And Claypool says:
Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart. 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.
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.
The Monolith Of Phobos is out 6/3.