With all the current Tool tour hype happening at the moment, it’s easy to miss that Puscifer have released a video for Money Shot track The Remedy. Blow it up to full screen, crank up the speakers and take a look:
There’s a new interview with Maynard on the Phoenix New Times this morning, mostly related to Puscifer, Money Shot and Winemaking, but as is usually the case, offers a few thoughts from Maynard on Tool. Before I give you my opinion on what I think it’s all about, here’s the text from the article related to Tool:
You’d think Keenan hates Tool. In fact, his reputation as a recluse comes largely from his stubborn refusal to answer questions about Tool, including the undying question: “When’s the next Tool album coming out?” New Times pointed out to him that he seems freer to express his less serious side in Puscifer, as critics and fans tend to view his other projects more seriously.
“It’s weird. It shouldn’t be,” Keenan says. “I mean, this one’s named dick, this one’s named vagina. That’s the start there, okay?”
He acknowledges that there was indeed humor in the Tool albums. But as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.
“Yeah, it’s there,” he says. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”
He shakes his head.
“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”
Did he have to corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?
“No, they had to con me into it.”
Deftones is also playing the festival. Are we going to hear “Passenger,” the Deftones song featuring Keenan guesting on vocals? Keenan hasn’t performed it live in more than a decade.
He shakes his head vigorously.
Then the million-dollar question: When’s the next Tool album coming out?
“There’s nothing to say,” he says. “I can’t.”
For insufferable, humourless Tool fans, this seems like it’s a simple kick in the nuts. I think it’s not quite what it seems. The problem with interviews published on websites is that some much of the nuances of communication are lost as they are transcribed from sound to text. Maynard tells fans to “lighten up” and then in the next sentence says he was conned into playing with Tool. Everyone seems to immediately assume he’s being serious – personally, I’m not so sure. Maybe I’m just naive.
Reading reactions from Tool fans here on Fourtheye, Facebook, Reddit and all over the net, it’s almost like a self fulfilling prophecy. Maynard says Tool fans are insufferable, overly serious people, and the next minute the internet is full of them complaining about Maynard’s attitude to Tool. Maynard has a history of being dismissive of Tool fans, so today’s revelations should really be no surprise to any of us.
The full interview can be found on the Phoenix New Times website. It’s a shame that what is a good interview is going to only be discussed because of the small section dedicated to Tool.
In the leadup to the release of Money Shot (now streaming on Pandora in case you missed it) Maynard James Keenan has had an interview with AZ Central about Puscifer and the the making of the new album. Nothing especially revealing in the interview, but is a good read regardless (the website is a bit shit though). Here’s a cut:
Question: How do you know when it’s time to start putting an album together?
Answer: (Lead guitarist) Mat (Mitchell) and I are always kind of throwing around ideas. We always have stuff up our sleeves. A lot of it comes down to scheduling. What’s going on with other projects? What’s going on with harvest? When we hit critical mass with ideas, we just want to pull the trigger and get ‘em done.
Q: Do you and Mat get together sometimes and play music just to mess around and songs come out of that?
A: Not really jamming so much as reading articles online, watching films, “Adult Swim,” listening to music, playing a song you really like, and trying to put together juxtaposed things. I might say, “I really like this show ‘The Newsroom’ and some of the speeches on that. And I also really like this Helmet song. Or this Joni Mitchell song.” So we’ll start sticking that in our brain and letting it rattle around until something comes out. Or a book. Or an article. Or a view. Just elements.
Q: Did “The Newsroom” actually inspire a song?
A: Oh yeah, that crazy speech in the first season is pretty much the song “Money Shot.” Loosely related. But similar energy as far as we can do better.
Speaking of Puscifer related stuff, I read the other day on Instagram that there will be a sale happening at the Puscifer store in Jerome over the Halloween weekend. Sale items include a range of rare and signed posters from various MJK related acts, including Tool and A Perfect Circle.
For those keen to have a listen to the new Puscifer album Money Shot, it’s now streaming in full on music website Pandora. I don’t have access to it here at work, so might be a while before I get to have a listen, but I welcome your thoughts and reviews in the comment section below!
Update: Direct link to album added.
Puscifer have released an official video for the title track of their next album Money Shot. I haven’t seen it yet, but it supposedly features a near naked Maynard, and presumably some Mexican wrestling as well. I take it “near naked” means he’s not wearing a shirt or something, so don’t go in expecting to see Maynard’s Dick.
Witness the majesty below:
So what’s the verdict on the Money Shot video? Good? Bad?
In case you’ve forgotten, Money Shot will be released on October 30th, and can be ordered from places like Amazon or the Puscifer Store. If you have any money left after forking out for $500 VIP sessions (now including rehearsals) then go and buy this album!
This has been out for a few days now, so apologies for the delay in getting onto Fourtheye. In the video below Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell and Carina Round discuss Money Shot, Puscifer and all things related to this definitely not a side project.
WARNING: If you’re an easily offended Tool fan, I’d suggest not watching.
Go and pre-order Money Shot straight from the Puscifer website! Don’t waste your time with iTunes! You order copies on CD and Vinyl, and depending on how deep your pockets are, you can even get an autographed version.
Puscifer – Money Shot
Puscifer is back with a new album and a huge buzz! Money Shot is coming your way Oct. 30 and we couldn’t be more excited. Have you seen the video for the first song the band released for Grand Canyon? Money shot is the follow up to Conditions Of My Parole and marks Maynard Keenan and company’s third full length album and its first new album in four years. ‘It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes,’ Keenan told Rolling Stone. ‘And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.’ In addition, fans can look for Puscifer hitting the road in November for their first extended North American touring in support of the Money Shot album. Dates begin Nov. 1 at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix with shows booked into mid-December. For the upcoming shows, the live lineup will consist of Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Masha Zargaran and Paul Barker. Luchafer will open all of the band’s late fall tour dates. As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. ‘We’ve been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail,” says Keenan. ”As usual, we prefer to Show rather than Tell. Odds are if you’ve been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you¹ll want to go ahead and place those bets.’
1. “Galileo” 5:17
2. “Agostina” 4:24
3. “Grand Canyon” 5:57
4. “Simultaneous” 6:42
5. “Money Shot” 2:32
6. “The Arsonist” 4:45
7. “The Remedy” 6:07
8. “Smoke And Mirrors” 5:05
9. “Flippant” (Itunes exclusive track) 6:24
10. “Life Of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)” 4:41
You may have taken a quick listen to the 30 second Money Shot snippets on Amazon yesterday, but today it appears the second full track has been released from the album. This time around it’s a much rockier number and the smooth poppy sounds of Grand Canyon. It’s certainly not a Tool track, but will appeal more to those who prefer their music with a harder edge.
Also with the track is a new Maynard James Keenan interview on Rolling Stone by Dan Epstein. If the interview is anything to go by, it seems as though the new Puscifer album may have a more serious one than their last two:
It seems like Puscifer’s trademark sense of humor has taken something of a back seat to heavier themes on this record.
Yeah, I guess so. I can see how someone would think that, but I see the humor all the way through it, even in the heavier tracks. On our earlier stuff, we completely separated it — “Cuntry Boner” over here, and then “Indigo Children” over here. Here, they’ve been integrated more. It’s like a fine wine that’s been aging in a large cask for two years, instead of being right out of the press and into the bottle.
They do ask a quick Tool question, with a not unexpected response:
So, last question… what’s up with the new Tool record?
I write lyrics and melodies to music. If I don’t have music, I can’t.
Listen to Puscifer’s Money Shot
Aenimal from the Fourtheye forum posted this afternoon to let me know that Amazon now has 30 second samples for each of the tracks from Puscifer’s upcoming album Money Shot. In case you’re forgotten, the latest album from Puscifer comes out on October 30, just in time for their tour.
I won’t get a chance to listen to the samples for a little while, but I’d love to hear what you guys think. Good, bad, average, awe inspiring? I wasn’t blown away by Grand Canyon, but am still keen to see how the album pans out, and also to see what they have in store for their tour later this year.
You can pre-order Money Shot from Amazon using the widget below:
Money Shot track list:
3. Grand Canyon
5. Money Shot
6. The Arsonist
7. The Remedy
8. Smoke and Mirrors
9. Life of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)
Regular Puscifer reportee fortysixand2 tells me that there’s a new Puscifer date added to the tour, this time on the 14th of December at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott, Arizona:
Puscifer, who recently announced their new album, Money Shot, and the release of the “Grand Canyon” video will be returning to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott on Monday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets become available on Wednesday, August 26 at 10 a.m. and general on-sale is Friday, August 28 at 10 a.m. The evening’s opening act is Luchafer.
Details on the show, as well as links to ticket information can be found on the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center website.
Still no word on any further Tool shows by the way! I think it’s starting to look unlikely at this stage. We’ll see!
Details have been released today with further info on their coming tour supporting the release of the new Puscifer album Money Shot. In a lengthy press release below, Maynard reveals the bands plan to tour with a range of shows in November and December following the Monster Mash Festival.
You can pre-order the Money Shotnew Puscifer album Money Shot from Amazon now!
Jerome, Ariz., Aug. 17, 2015 – Puscifer, who recently announced a new album, Money Shot, and the release of the “Grand Canyon” video https://youtu.be/qtZJiQSmJ9g will be returning to the road, kicking off a six-week outing on Nov. 1 at the Monster Mash Festival in Phoenix.
“As is the Modus Operandi of Puscifer, there will be a whole new show to accompany the Money Shot release. We’ve been leaving a few clues here and there as to what it may entail,” said Keenan. “As usual, we prefer to Show rather than Tell. Odds are if you’ve been a fan of the diverse nature of our performances in the past, you’ll want to go ahead and place those bets.”
It’s no surprise that Maynard James Keenan choose to debut the electro rock band-meets-comedy troupe on a Las Vegas stage (Puscifer’s first shows were at The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort). In the intervening years, we’ve met a cadre of characters including Billy D and Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Peter Merkin and spent time around a campfire, with an Airstream in the background, as audiences enjoyed a Sonoran sunset. Puscifer, who thrive on the element of surprise, have revamped their stage show, with no spoilers to share, we can only say it exceeds the production seen in recent outings.
The live line-up for the Money Shot tour includes Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Carina Round, Jeff Friedl, Mahsa Zargaran and the newest addition, Paul Barker (Ministry, Lead Into Gold).
Money Shot physical pre-order packages are available now via www.Puscifer.com. The various offerings include both signed and unsigned copies of the new album as well as an instant download of “Grand Canyon.”
Money Shot track list
3. Grand Canyon
5. Money Shot
6. The Arsonist
7. The Remedy
8. Smoke and Mirrors
9. Life of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen)
November 1 Phoenix, AZ Monster Mash Festival
November 3 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre
November 4 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
November 5 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center
November 7 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre
November 8 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
November 10 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
November 11 Bethesda, MD Strathmore Theatre
November 12 Boston, MA The Orpheum Theatre
November 14 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre
November 15 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
November 17 New York, NY Terminal 5
November 18 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
November 20 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
November 21 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
November 22 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre
November 24 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
November 25 Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall
November 28 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
November 29 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center
November 30 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
December 2 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 3 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
December 6 Fresno, CA Warnors Theatre
December 8 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
December 10 Los Angeles, CA Ace Theatre
December 11 Los Angeles, CA Ace Theatre
December 12 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater
Tickets will be on-sale on Friday, Aug. 21 with VIP packages available simultaneously via http://future-beat.com/artist.cfm?id=29974.
Shows have already started appearing on Ticketmaster and will go one sale over the next few days.