Primus announces new, goblin-themed album, “The Desaturating Seven”; plans fall tour dates

ATO RecordsPrimus has announced a new album called The Desaturating Seven, which will be released September 29. The album was inspired by a 1970s children’s book called The Rainbow Goblins, which frontman Les Claypool used to read to his children when they were growing up.

“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,” says Claypool. “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 two decades later, the metaphor of greed, gluttony and deceit vs unity of the masses is eerily relevant,” Les continues. “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 Desaturating Seven is the first original Primus album featuring the band’s “classic” lineup — Claypool, guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim Alexander — since 1995’s Tales From the Punchbowl. For your first preview of The Desaturating Seven, you can listen to a new track called “The Seven” now on YouTube.

Along with the album announcement, Primus, currently on the road with Clutch, has scheduled a fall headlining tour in support of The Desaturating Seven. The trek begins October 20 in San Antonio and will conclude with a two-night stand in Los Angeles held December 29-30. Visit for ticket info.

Here is the The Desaturating Seven track list:

“The Valley”
“The Seven”
“The Trek”
“The Scheme”
“The Dream”
“The Storm”
“The Ends?”

And here are Primus’ fall tour dates:

10/20 — San Antonio, TX, Sunken Gardens
10/21 — Houston, TX, White Oak Lawn
10/22 — Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live
10/24 — Nashville, TN, War Memorial
10/27 — Albany, NY, Palace Theater
10/28 — Washington DC, The Anthem w/ Clutch
10/29 — Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theater
10/31 — Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
11/2 — Akron, OH, Goodyear Theater
11/3 — Cincinnati, OH, The Taft Theater
11/4 — Louisville, KY, Palace Theater
11/5 — St. Louis, MO, Peabody Theater
11/7 — Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theater
11/9 — Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
11/10 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Hotel
11/11 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/13 — New Orleans, LA, Civic Theatre
12/29 — Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
12/30 — Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern

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