Going to a concert is an opportunity to be around a lot of people and maybe finally collect all those signatures you need to start selling fresh meat in your front yard. Be a part of something big with this GrouponLive deal to see Primus 3D at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. For $24, you get one ticket for general admission on Friday, October 12, at 8 p.m. (up to a $47.75 value, including fees).
If the rock group Primus were an animal, it’d be a platypus. Nobody knows how or why it works, but it just does. Since 1984, this three-headed musical mammal has left fans enamored and absolutely bewildered, blazing a trail across the alternative-music landscape and finding dedicated flocks who welcome their distinct brand of experimental funk metal. Lead singer, bassist, and bona fide mad hatter Les Claypool nourishes the bats in his belfry, crafting anthems for carnies, racecar drivers, and fisherman that sink houseboats. And with his lightning-quick slapping technique, Claypool pulls off feats of flexibility on his four-string bass normally reserved for 15-fingered men. Drummer Jay Lane’s time signatures pendulate between steady calligraphy and rhythmic graffiti, and guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde’s pinch harmonics and straight-up shredding suggest a love triangle that contains Django Reinhardt, Robert Fripp, and Zakk Wylde.
With their major label debut, Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Primus went gold on throttling jams such as “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver” and “Tommy the Cat.” They’ve gone on to release six more albums and have even penned the psychobilly theme song to South Park. The band continues to fly its freak flag at full mast in 2012 on an ambitious head-trip of a tour.
In Primus 3D, the group takes fans on an extrasensory Willy Wonka boat ride, enhancing its aural psychedelics with a special 3-D backdrop screen cribbed from the George Lucas ILM camp. Upon entry, audiences are given 3-D goggles to watch as Les, Lane, and Ler blaze through two whole sets backed by kaleidoscopic images that pop out at viewers. Each show also filters the songs through a special quadrophonic surround-sound system that coats the ears’ peripheries in wall-to-wall Primus. Because the band is playing two sets, unnecessary thoughts of “encore” fall into the visual fractal vortex as they deliver nuggets from 2011’s Green Naugahyde and the rest of their aloof catalog.