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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.

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.