Funk metal legends Primus have been letting their freak flag fly for more than three decades, and 2015 promises to be just as wild as they gear up for a tour in support of their eighth studio album Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble. Both the album and tour feature frontman Les Claypool playing alongside the classic Primus lineup, and the highly anticipated reunion has fans chomping at the bit to see them perform favorites like “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” in concert. From Claypool’s signature twangy vocals and finger-tapped basslines to the band’s high-energy antics on stage, Primus always treats ticket buyers to an eccentric, funk-fueled live show that’s as weird as it is wonderful.
Primus formed in Northern California in 1984 and quickly built a regional following with their quirky, humorous funk-metal hybrid. After releasing several demos and a live album titled Suck on This, Primus made their proper studio debut in 1990 with the album Frizzle Fry. The record cracked the Top 40 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, leading to a tour with alt metal giants Jane’s Addiction and a deal with Interscope records. The following year the label issued the band’s sophomore album Sailing the Seas of Cheese, a cult classic that eventually reached Platinum sales thanks to witty fan favorites like “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and “Tommy the Cat”. By the mid-‘90s Primus had broken through to the mainstream – their 1993 album Pork Soda peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, and later that year they headlined Lollapalooza. Their crossover success continued in 1996 when they were asked to create the theme song for beloved adult animated sitcom South Park. Since then the band has weathered several hiatuses, always returning with more vigor than ever. In 2014 they released their eighth album Primus & The Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, a critically acclaimed psych rock romp that they’ll support on tour with the classic Primus lineup.