For alt-rock act Primus, the very thing that made it hard to break through is the thing thats kept it from going away.
I think the key has been not being relevant, in the sense of music genres as theyve come and gone, and we never really fit into any of them, guitarist Larry LaLonde said. Its our saving grace. Trends come and then go away, but we are never a part of any of them.
Formed in 1984, the trio is seemingly immune to becoming boring as it gets older. The weirdness of beloved early albums Frizzle Fry and Pork Soda is ever-present in Primus work today, including one of the headliners at the inaugural Brady District Block Party in Tulsa, alongside Oklahoma Citys The Flaming Lips and Pretty Black Chains.
Weve always tried to do something new, come up with something we havent heard before, LaLonde said. That challenge of it keeps it interesting.
Primus currently approaches music with new vigor, preparing to release its first studio album in a decade as it embraces a renewed a sense of purpose behind touring.
Honestly, its my favorite time ever in this band. Over the last 10 years, weve come together to do touring, but its always been this nostalgia type thing ... and thats not really what we are about, LaLonde said. This time around, it feels good to be doing it like a real band: new album, new songs, the way we are used to doing it.
First comes a select few dates with The Flaming Lips kindred spirits who share a passion for the unusual, and whose careers have taken off with a remarkably similar trajectory in an almost identical amount of time.
Even though we are totally different in a lot of ways, we both sort of have our super own thing where there is really nothing like it that ties us together. Its funny that we havent crossed paths more before now, LaLonde said. As someone in a band, you think, How do they pull that off? Its rare to see someone that has everything perfect about them.
Primus aforementioned new album, Green Naugahyde, will see the light of day Sept. 13 after a string of delays. With original drummer Jay Lane returning, the material is said to take right off from the groups hiatus in 1999; LaLonde promises both retrospection and progress. When it was all done, I thought it had a little of everything weve done along the way. Some people say it reminds them of the first two albums, but its still hard for me to say. Its so new, Im still trying to figure out what it is, he said. Every time we make a Primus album, its always up in the air as to how it will be perceived.
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