Friday, June 11, 2010
Show Review - Les Claypool - The Palace Theater - 6/9/10 - Greensburg - Concert Review
Former (and current) Primus front man Les Claypool performed this past Wednesday at the Palace Theater in Greensburg. Below is a guest review of the show. He will soon be supporting a revived edition of Primus later this year.
Starting off, the opening band the Hot Head Show did not impress. The vocals were near indecipherable, they constantly started / stopped, and changed pace throughout the song. I had a hard time getting in to the groove. It just didn't seem well polished.
I was jealous to see that some of the Les Claypool shows later in the summer will be opened by Gogol Bordello, which is a good reason to go to Cleveland for the Aug 3rd show with Primus. The bonus is you'll even get to see Les again as part of Primus.
The Theater was a great venue, not ideal for this sort of show, but It's an old performance theater, so every seat has a great view of the stage. The sound is a little bit echoey, but pretty well done. Surprisingly, this place has drawn several metal shows as well, including a recent show by Mastadon in April.
Les Claypool's set was mostly instrumental and had a real jam band feel. There as a little Primus thrown in for good measure. Les had some interesting instruments including an electric vibraphone, a resonator bass, and a large stick like instrument which kind of looked like a scythe that was obviously a midi synth controller. The total band was only 4 performers, but it sounded like there were more. At one point, I couldn't tell whether it was the vibraphone or the cello that was belting out notes like a sax. Another time, I was impressed by hearing the cello played in the style of surf guitar.
Throughout the show, Les stepped offstage to change in several characters using a pig and monkey mask, working with the atmosphere of the music. He even stepped off the stage completely to share the spotlight with the others.
There was a lot of great solo action from the cello, xylophone and drums, with a lot of dynamic changes throughout the set ranging from slow quiet rhythms to groovy crescendos. Everyone in the supporting band had plenty of opportunities to be featured. All in all, if you can get in to this brand of moody, funky, psychedelic music and are not concerned about poppy songs, then then this show would have had you floored.