LES CLAYPOOL'S DUO DE TWANG

"Four Foot Shack" (ATO Records; 2014)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Les Claypool, legendary bassist extraordinaire, has done it again with the recording of his recent project Duo de Twang and their record "Four Foot Shack."

The recording features Les on bass (of course) and Brian Kehoe on guitars and that's it: no back up instruments and no drums. Not too many people have the balls to do that, but Claypool is no ordinary musician and this format works just fine.

Not only does Les and Brian play music from Primus, Fearless Flying Frog Brigade and Les Claypool's solo project here, they play "Amos Moses" (Jerry Reed), "Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees), "Pipe Line" (The Chantays), "Man in the Box" (Alice in Chains) and "Battle of New Orleans" (Johnny Horton).

The second member of the duo is Brian Kehoe. Both he and Les played in a band called Blind Illusion. Kehoe plays a steel guitar and his style blends perfectly with Claypool’s to produce a unique listening experience.

This music is fun and it is more fun to listen to old Primus cuts but it is also very cool to hear songs from the Bee Gees, Jerry Reed, Alice in Chains and Johnny Horton in a unique Claypool way.

For more information, check out http://www.lesclaypool.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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