Les Claypool is a busy man. In addition to touring with Primus, he has found the time to create a new project, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, which will be performing at The Vogue on March 8th.
Originally formed as a one-off show for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, The Duo de Twang is a stripped down band consisting of Claypool on bass and Bryan Kehoe on guitar. They decided to continue the project and are touring in support of, “Four Foot Shack,” their first album which was released on February 4th.
The album, which has a country/bluegrass feel to it, consists of covers, songs from Claypool’s solo projects and Primus classics such as “Winona’s Big Brown Beaver,” and, “Jerry was a Race Car Driver.”
Long- time Primus fans may be initially surprised by the relaxed tempo of the album. The only percussion is provided by a foot pedal continuously stomped by Claypool. The vocals sound pretty much like one would imagine, given the nasally distinctness of Les’ voice. Kehoe’s guitar playing is superb and he is given ample time to showcase it on a number of songs.
While devoted fans will likely devour the new album, like they do whenever something Les-related is released, the approachable sound of, “Four Foot Shack,” may even draw in some new fans.
Despite the bare sound, the songs on the album have a way of getting stuck in your head. The album is worth a listen, if only to hear a different take on the well-known Primus classics.
For fans looking for a chance to see Les show off his bass prowess in a presumably less rowdy environment than at a Primus concert, the duo’s show at the Vogue will be the perfect chance. Expect a more personal show. The relaxed stage setting, which features the duo sitting in front of a makeshift campfire, allows Claypool to be more personable with the crowd. Just don’t throw anything at him.
Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang will be performing at The Vogue Theatre at 9:00 p.m. March 8th. Tickets are $25-$30 and can be purchased here.