The Claypool Lennon Delirium

Amanda asked me this week if I had heard of The Claypool Lennon Delirium. I have to admit that I had not. Of course, I immediately decided to check them out.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium is an American psychedelic rock band. Members include bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, known for his work on Primus, and guitarist/vocalist Sean Lennon.

The band was originally conceived in 2015. Claypool knew Primus would take a year off after touring. He kept in touch with The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s lead singer Sean Lennon. Sean had not planned any musical project for the following year. 

They started with the idea of making an old-school, psychedelic and progressive rock record. Claypool invited Lennon to his guesthouse to drink wine, run some ideas and play drums.

Over the course of six weeks, they wrote and recorded a total of ten songs. They shared various vocal and instrumental responsibilities, going beyond their core instruments of bass and guitar. This session culminated in the release of their first studio album, Monolith of Phobos. The album debuted in the Top 10 of three Billboard charts: Top Vinyl Albums, Top Tastemakers Albums, and Top Alternative Albums.

South of Reality

On February 22, 2019, the duo released their second studio album, South of Reality. They wrote and recorded the LP over two months at Claypool’s home recording studio in California. It was preceded by the release of the six and a half minute long track “Blood and Rockets”. The duo embarked on a brief headlining tour in support of the record in late 2018. They are currently on tour.

Sean Lennon is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I think his voice sounds a lot like his father’s. There are parts of this song that remind me of “Because” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” from the Abbey Road album. 

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5 Responses to The Claypool Lennon Delirium

  1. Grace J. says:

    Too far out for me!

  2. Ron Sylvester says:

    Love this, Brad, especially because I know your rich knowledge and history of The Beatles and the dimension that adds. I will definitely check this out. Thanks!

  3. Beth says:

    Groovy! Having a flash back to those psychedelic days in middle school 🙂 when my mother thought everyone was ruining their minds!

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