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Electric Apricot Quest for Festeroo a success

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Electric Apricot

Electric Apricot Quest for Festeroo

I have wanted to see one of Les Claypool’s latest creations since it was released. A couple weeks ago I got the chance and it not only lived up to expectations, but exceeded them.

The bassist, best known for his role in Primus, recently wrote, directed and acted in a National Lampoon film “Electric Apricot (Quest for Festeroo).”

The film is based in the spring of 2005 where a UCLA film student sets out to capture a counter-culture movement in music never before seen. What he finds is Electric Apricot.

The Spinal Tapesque film is a parody of jam bands, a premise that is ripe for satire. Delivering on multiple levels, this comedy will appeal to anyone who has ever listened to the Grateful Dead or Phish.

The mockumentary-style film follows a jam band Electric Apricot, which has an unhealthy affinity for the Grateful Dead, so much that their logo is a blatant rip-off of the Dead’s, from their days of playing at coffee shops to playing the “prestigious”  Festeroo jam band festival.

Along the way comedy ensues when the band goes into the studio to record its first album, immediately has to get therapy to work through their issues and sets out on the road for Festeroo.

Claypool, who plays the role of Lapland ‘Lapdog’ Miclovich the band’s drummer is hilarious in the role and really lets his sense of humor shine.

It’s really quite absurd how dead on the film manages to nail the whole jam band scene. As if to add a stamp of comedy approval there are some great cameos in the film including: Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Mike Gordon of Phish and Warren Haynes and Matt Abts of Gov’t Mule. Comedians Seth Green and Matt Stone also make a brief appearance.


Written by David Young

June 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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  1. “Spinal tapesque” – love it! So descriptive!

    carol young

    June 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm

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