Oysterhead Leave Shell To Record Album

Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio, Stewart Copeland take single-show legacy into studio.

Oysterhead, the supergroup consisting of Primus bassist Les Claypool, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio that have played only one full show together, are emerging from their collective shell to record their first album.

The trio is entering Anastasio's Vermont studio, the Barn, on Sunday (April 1) to write and record an album of original material, a spokesperson for Claypool said. Oysterhead are scheduled to record through May and will release the album in the fall on Elektra Records.

Copeland formed Oysterhead for last May's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

"The New Orleans show was an incredible experience," Claypool said in a statement. "We sold out 3,000 seats in 12 minutes. Tickets on eBay were going for $2,000 a piece. Francis Ford Coppola was sitting on the side of the stage. It was just an insane scene."

Claypool's other side project, Colonel Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, will release Live Frogs — Set 1 on April 10 on the bassist's own Prawn Song label. Live Frogs — Set 2, which features the band's rendition of Pink Floyd's entire Animals, which they performed at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco last year, will be released this summer.

The Brigade includes guitarist Todd Huth (Primus/Sausage), drummer Jay Lane (Rat Dog/Sausage), saxophonist Skerik (Critters Buggin', Tuatara), keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (Rat Dog) and San Francisco guitarist Eenor.