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Les Claypool's Duo De Twang: Four Foot Shack

Primus frontman gets back to his roots

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On Four Foot Shack, said Duo deliver an unplugged collection of mainly covers rendered in the moonshine-and-overalls motif of O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Inspired by Claypool’s recent absorption with early 20th-century roots music, the 15 tracks include funked-up hillbilly versions of Alice In Chains, the Bee Gees and Primus. Cheeky? Sure, but the ferocious musicianship of Les on bass and Bryan Kehoe on guitar plays out in swathes of dizzying melodic latticework.

On Boonville Stomp and Jerry Was A Race Car Driver, their freewheeling rhythmic interplay erupts into jaw-dropping displays of fretboard mayhem, while Stayin’ Alive sees the duo deconstruct the disco classic into a pulsating woodshed blow-out. It’s hard not to chortle during the verses of Man In The Box, but if you can’t have a laugh every now and then, you’ve got no business listening to Les Claypool.

Joe Daly

Camped out in Southern California, Joe pens features, reviews albums and covers live shows for Metal Hammer and Classic Rock. When he’s not bothering his neighbours with Rammstein, Joe’s typically off playing ice hockey, fumbling around on a bass or letting his dogs guilt him into a nice long walk.