Les Claypool's Duo de Twang -- CANCELED
Amoeba San Francisco - February 6th @ 5:00pm
Unfortunately, this in-store performance has been canceled but we hope to reschedule with them soon. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
How "deconstructed" can a group get? How about just one vocal, one bass, one guitar, and a basic beat supplied by stomping on a mini-tambourinedoohickey? That's exactly what everyone's favorite storyteller/narrator Les Claypool is incorporating in his new band, Duo de Twang. While Les is still pulling double duty with the Primus lads, he has also found the time to unite with his old buddy, Bryan Kehoe. But unlike Primus, DDT focuses more on the Americana/rootsy side of things - as heard throughout the band's debut recording, Four Foot Shack, which releases on February 4th!
"I was asked a year before last to put together a project for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco," recalls Les about DDT's formation. "So I thought, 'I'll do a little duo thing."
Upon hearing Four Foot Shack, you'll quickly discover that Les and Bryan made it a point to keep things as live-sounding as humanly possible. "It was very live," admits Les. "In fact, it was a little difficult, with all the bleed of the stomping and the bass and the vocals. The Twang project is me exploring a lot of stuff that I personally listen to: Johnny Horton, Vernon Dalhart, Jerry Reed, Bob Wills, Eddy Cochran, stuff like that - it's another door for me to open. I’m doing this sort of Luther Perkins, Johnny Cash guitar-ish type part on my bass, by doing the old ding-dinka-ding, dinka-ding-dinka-ding on a lot of the stuff. It took me a little bit to get that. Now that I've gotten it, I can pull songs out of the air and it's surprising how many songs easily succumb to the twang, and can be complimented by the twang. When all is said and done, it's just a hell of a fun project for me right now. I'll do it 'til it's not fun anymore."
From the sounds of their debut recording and shows, Les and Bryan are having a grand old time BS'ing, drinking, twanging, and laughing.