Sean Lennon and Les Claypool Form Claypool Lennon Delirium, Share ‘Mr. Wright’ From New Album

A wonderfully weird new project from Sean Lennon and Primus singer/bassist Les Claypool has arrived, with a debut album due in just over two months’ time. 

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, as they’re called, will release Monolith of Phobos on June 3, with a tour following shortly after (more info). Live support will feature contributions from Beastie Boys’ Mark Ramos Nishita and Paul Baldi of the Fungi Band. 

“Sean is a musical mutant after my own heart,” Claypool said in a press release. “He definitely reflects his genetics – not just the sensibilities of his dad but also the abstract perspective and unique approach of his mother. It makes for a glorious freak stew.”

The recording process took both men in new directions. “Usually I play the drums and percussion on my records but Sean has such a different feel than I do, it just made more sense for him to man the kit on most of the tunes on this project,” Claypool continues. “I took the helm at my old vintage API console and let him bang away. He was happy as a piggy rolling in shit every time he grabbed the sticks…his drumming is like a cross between Ringo and Nick Mason. But I think folks will be most surprised by what a monster guitar player he is, especially when you prod him a bit.”

Lennon added, “It’s been an honor and a challenge playing with someone of Les’ caliber, but luckily the Gods of Pinot Noir shone favorably down and granted us a bundle of devilish tunes about monkeys, outer space and sexual deviancy.”

Claypool’s fanbase will eat this up, while newcomers should find a similarly delighting oddity in the fascinating sounds that they did for Oysterhead, Les’ collaboration with Trey Anastasio of Phish.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium on tour:

06-04 Orlando, FL – The Beacham

06-05 Tampa, FL – The Ritz

06-07 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre

06-09 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre

06-10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

06-11 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo

06-12 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

06-14 Kansas City, MO – Crossroads

06-15 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre

06-17 Garrettsville, OH – Nelson Ledges Quarry Park

06-18 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre

07-21 Seattle, WA – The Showbox SoDo

07-22 Jacksonville, OR – Britt Pavilion

07-23 Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom

07-25 Jackson Hole, WY – Pink Garter Theatre

07-26 Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre

07-27 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

07-29 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre

07-30 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

07-31 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl

08-02 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

08-03 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park

08-04 San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theatre

08-05-07 Buena Vista, CO – Vertex Festival

08-09 Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre

08-11 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre

08-12 Columbus, OH – Express Live! Indoor Pavilion

08-13 Scranton, PA – Peach Fest

08-26 Boston, MA – HOB Boston

08-27 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

08-28 Portland, ME – State Theatre

08-30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza

08-31 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore

09-01 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club