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Les Claypool's 'New' Band: Sausage

Magazine article Guitar Player

Les Claypool's 'New' Band: Sausage

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Before Les Claypool joined forces with guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, the Primus lineup changed many times. Les' favorite early edition featured guitarist Todd Huth (now of the band Porch) and current Charlie Hunter Trio drummer Jay Lane. The three have reunited as Sausage, their name taken from the 1988 Claypool/Huth/Lane demo tape that first earned Primus underground notoriety. They recently recorded and mixed Riddles Are Abound Tonight [Interscope] in Claypool's Berkeley, California, basement. Here's Les' account:

I hate comparisons between Sausage and Primus, but I guess they're inevitable. I definitely play differently with Jay and Todd. For one thing, I went back to playing 4-string, using a mid-'60s Fender Jazz Bass plus my main Carl Thompson 4-string and recording direct. Jay is much more of a groove player than Herb, a lot less orchestrated. I hate using a bastardized term like "funk," but we tend to play more funk-type stuff. And Todd is Mr. Enigma -- weird one minute, then sounding like Lynyrd Skynyrd the next. Todd and Larry are both textural, though Ler has a much harder edge, raspy and punky in an almost comical way. Todd has more traditional rock roots, and his strangeness is more eerie than comical.

Todd was the first musician I worked with after I started writing songs with a drum machine and a Fostex. I'd known him from high school, and when he called, I said "No way!" I mean, his band did Sabbath and Sammy Hagar covers, and I wanted Adrian Belew or Robert Fripp. …

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