"Primus" is an American rock band formed in California in the mid-1980s. Les Claypool (vocals and bass guitar) has been the only constant member. They have had two guitar players (although Larry LaLonde has held onto the role for over 16 years) and many different drummers (although Tim Alexander and Bryan Mantia were the only ones who recorded with the band, and Jay Lane, the only other one who had creative impact) in the past.
Their music has proven difficult to define; while usually considered by critics to be funk metal or alternative metal, Primus has been called everything from "thrash funk" (as the band blends funk-style bass technique with thrash influenced guitar riffs and songs tempos), to "alternative rock" to "the Freak Brothers set to music." Les Claypool himself once described their music as "psychedelic polka." Thanks to the diversity of their sound they have been able to gain a modest segment of rabid fans from nearly all rock subgenres. They are characterized by their irreverent approach to music — they release their records on Claypool's ''Prawn Song Records'' label, a parody of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song, and their catchphrase was, for several years, "Pri...
|years active|| 1984–2000|
|music genre|| Alternative rock|
|origin||El Sobrante, California|
|current members|| Les Claypool|