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Pioneers Leslie Claypool was born in Richmond California on 92963 He has lived in El Sobrante California all his life When he was about 15 he got his very first bass guitar The bass that his mother bought him was a Carl Thompson 4-string bass guitar Carl Thompson is a guitar maker that is renowned for his extravagant looking basses he is also known for the expensive and unique woods such as walnut or mahogany Les played bass in his high school band and actually thats how he started playing even though he played upright bass in the school band That explains the reason that there are songs where Les plays the upright bass Les music is a strange mix of jazz or funk combined with a touch of harsher sounding music that could be generalized as thrash or heavy metal but definitely not to be confused with hard-core Unlike most traditional bass players Les can play bass and sings lead vocals His lyrics though they may sound a little odd at first have much meaning and are usually quite witty His style is totally unique and his talent supersedes any other player today He tours the country with his band Primus This band combines the talent of a very skilled guitarist Larry LaLonde and new drummer Brian Mantia known to fanatics as simply Brain The band perfectly compliments Claypools style and does not hold him back He does some side projects with other very notable players but any given Les follower will tell you that the real electricity is at a Primus concert Primus is also well known for a great live experience because the sound quality is superb Les has a great deal of knowledge in amplifiers and the sound at a Primus concert can not be beat Les also has a large selection of bass guitars He uses the C T Carl Thompson 4string mostly but he has a number
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