Primus is not your natural band. But seriously, you have to say they are quite good musicians. The front of primus is the bass. Played by Les Claypool, one of the best bassist's in history. Though he is a little weirder then most bassists. Not his playing, but his personality is very strange, humorous, and just plain weird. But that dosen't stop him for killing his bass, using slap- bass technique. He is the front man of Primus for all you know it! Then "Ler". He is a great gutair player, but he simply colors the music in some songs like My Name is Mud (pork soda). Then Tim alexander. He is a good drummer. To me he does hit the snare a lot. But all drummers do. It is a main drum in drummer's drumsets. Tim does give Primus it's backround noise. Tales from the Punchbowl is their fourth album in the order of 7 albums (as of now.) It is a great album, But a lot of people do dislike it, but more people like it then dislike it. Tales from the Punchbowl is sometimes shortened as "Punchbowl"or "The Punchbowl". Is a great album filled with funk and Primus's genre complete. Bass bass bass is all you hear, most of the time, but gutair and drums, yes. But a lot of Bass. The two first tracks, Professor Nutbutter's House of Treats and Mrs. Blaileen are heavier then natural Primus songs. It all depends on the way Les writes the music. But if you listen to Antipop you will hear a lot of heavy stuff. Bands take different directions in their genres. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver is one of their most popular, but not their most popular. Southbound Pachyderm is a great song, but the intro just does not catch my attention, it may not catch yours either. But once you go along with the tune, it is good. There is a lot of good stuff on this album. The album is funky and you can go along with the catchy riffs, hard pounding drumming, which they actually made that sound, and awesome bass, yet again.
Les Claypool is a great bass player and awesome lyricist, just weird lyrics though. Because he is yet very weird. He has influenced a lot of people just like a lot of people influenced him, mostly Geddy Lee of RUSH. Les Claypool shreds his bas with his "slap bass" technique. You can seriously dig this guy, no lie, I gurantee that.
Larry "Ler" LaLonde was a gutarist for heavy metal band "Posessed". But he made a jump and decreased his genre, meaning that heavy metal is bigger, louder, and more trashing then Funk-Rock. Larry is a very great gutair player for Primus and we wouldn't have his epic trashes if he didn't join this wacky band. Thanks Ler!
Tim Alexander is another great drummer. But on this album, they made his drumming sound harder then he is really drumming. That just gave Punchbowl it's drum taste. Alexander hasn't been in the band the whole time. He left once, returned, then left again. Which lead to Green Naugahyde. With drummer, Jay Lane. Alexander will never be forgotten. He is a great drummer. He might return in the future. Maybe he will!
Overall: Great album, I enjoy popping it in to my CD player once in a while. Jam out to some weird liquid of Primus. The stories on this album is amazing. I love this album, lot of people dislike it, but more like it. You have to be amazed by some of this stuff. Gotta notice how good Les is. How good Ler's thrases are. How great Herb (tim alexander)'s drumming is. So go buy this album and jam out to some epic Primus.