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:
A nice interview with Maynard James Keenan popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. It’s an interview by Australian site Amnplify (that’s not a typo!), and as a more Aussie twist on the usual Puscifer and Money Shot questions. An good interview and interesting read. An excerpt is below!
Are you planning on bringing Puscifer to Australia in 2016?
Well it all depends on financing. It’s a full on project, it’s a theatrical presentation so we have a lot of moving parts, a lot of props. It would be more about somehow getting it paid for, because it would be very expensive to bring it in its full incarnation down to Australia and we’re not just a band. We have bands, I have other bands that are just bands, but this is a far larger project to present. And with the music industry these days, people not actually paying for music, it puts a dent in our budget for travelling outside of the country.
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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!
In an interview with British metal magazine Metal Hammer, Maynard James Keenan speaks mostly about his distinctly unmetal project: Puscifer and the coming album Money Shot. It’s an interesting read, though doesn’t really cover any ground that wasn’t done so in the recent Rolling Stone interview. It features an almost identical response to the inevitable Tool question as well.
What it does have going for it are some cool new photo’s with Travis Shinn, and a list of his favorite wins for all you wine buffs out there, and a relatively unknown winery Ochota Barrels from out my way in the Adelaide Hills seems to have come out on top!
WINE OF THE TIMES
Maynard James Keenan’s favourite wine Dons.
1. Ochota Barrels
(Adelaide Hills, Australia)
“Taras Ochota is doing things differently and, oddly enough, it’s what I’ve been doing here in Arizona – picking earlier, and putting less fruit on the vine to begin with, so that everything ripens evenly and all the acid is in balance so you can have Italian-style wines. Ochota Barrels wines are fantastic.”
2. Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie
(Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)
“Riccardo Campinoti is doing fantastic work with high-elevation wines.”
3. Azienda Agricola Edoardo Sobrino
(Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy)
“Edoardo Sobrino [makes] a pretty badass Barolo [a type of red wine made in northwest Italy].”
4. Azienda Agricola San Polino
(Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy)
“Luigi and his wife, if you go to their home, you see that it’s all built from the ground up. All this ‘local movement’ stuff, its funny – you have to put a name on it, you have to put out a pamphlet. I get that we have to do that to retune people to what’s happening. But you go to places in Europe, and it just kind of is and has been, for generations.”
5. Dos Cabezas Wineworks
(Sonoita, Arizona, USA)
“It’s family-run and operated, again, from the ground up, with kids running around. It’s fantastic wine.”
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
This page contains all the latest Tool news and rumours collected by me from a bunch of sources. It also collects information for a range of Tool related acts – usually side projects such as A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, and friends of Tool such as Yob and The Melvins.
If you know anything you think is missing from this page, feel free to let me know!
- Tool New Album – Maynard still yet to get music? Recording early 2016?
- Playing Monster Mash Music Fest in Arizona October 2015. Other tour dates seem unlikely at this time.
- Rumoured to be playing the Soundwave Festival in Australia in January 2016 (seems unlikely for now)
- Some kind of video has been recorded. It was initially thought to be for The Pot, however may also be for Opiate, or perhaps something else. Possibly related to the curveball.
- Tool Live DVD – Legal Wrangles/One day
- Toolarmy busted! Toolband update on the way
- 10,000 Days vinyl (tbc)
Adam Jones News
- Side project with Robert Fripp tba
- Side project with King Buzzo and Terry Bozzio tba
- Lustmord vs. Adam Jones tba
Danny Carey News
- Writing Tool songs!
Justin Chancellor News
- Writing Tool songs!
Maynard James Keenan News
- Biography by Sarah Jensen coming in second half of 2016
- New Puscifer album Money Shot on its way
- Puscifer playing November 1 at Monster Mash Arizona
- Puscifer US tour in October, November and December
- The Melvins – Touring Europe in September and October. Across The USA In 51 Days DVD out in November.
- Meshuggah– Playing a few shows here and there. Working on new album.
- Mastodon – Latest album Once More ‘Round The Sun.
- Big Business – touring now
- Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend out now!
- Failure – The Heart is a Monster out now!
- Trans Am – new album Volume X out now
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