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Published: 2006/04/07

Les Claypool: _ Of Whales And Woe_

On May 30, Les Claypool will release his next studio album, _ Of Whales And Woe_. Though billed as a solo record, Claypools forthcoming disc will feature members of the bassist’s ‘Fancy Band,’ including Gabby La La, Mike Dillon and Skerik. According to Claypool, the disc recalls his Holy Mackerel record, which found the virtuoso performing on a number of different instruments. ‘It is a lot of stuff that Ive accumulated,’ Claypool tells ‘Purple Onion was me writing some songs and then bringing the band in to perform those songs. This record is more of me banging on the drums, playing the bass, playing some guitar and then bringing people like Mike and Skerik into to fulfill certain parts.’ Several of _ Of Whales And Woe_s tracks will be familiar to fans of Claypool’s live show including ‘Phantom Patriot.’

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