Maynard speaks to Tonedeaf about Puscifer

Australian music site Tonedeaf recently had the opportunity to chat with Maynard about the upcoming Puscifer tour. It’s not a bad interview, though doesn’t reveal too much we didn’t already know either:

Between writing, recording, and moonlighting as an actor (he’s had bit parts in cult film and television), it’s a wonder Keenan finds the time to upkeep an award-winning winery.

“I’m not going to be able to dedicate twelve months out of the year toward the project (Puscifer)” he concedes, but as “anyone who works in the wine industry [knows], there’s a window of time where you have to be in there doing that, and so as long as my bandmates understand that, we can completely work around that schedule. There’s plenty of time in the year.”

Still, that’s the beauty of Puscifer’s flexibility and independence, beholden to no contracts or restrictions but their own – and as Keenan notes, he’s no tyrant.

The “rotating door works”, because of its dynamic agreement. A member departing for other commitments is fine; “as long as you’re not gonna get mad when I hire this other guy,” he confers.

The usual topics were not entertained, though considering A Perfect Circle are also touring I found it a little odd that they were off the agenda…

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brokenchimes
brokenchimes
7 years ago

If there’s anyone that should be looked at regarding the status of something final from Tool, I would assume it to be this guy. Not only is he the last to act but he seems like the most efficient in getting things done and probably the most eager businesswise. The other guys seem to timidly tred water, while Maynard is more keen to actually want to Release something. Probably having something to do with saying ‘Ok, now it’s time to get paid’.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  brokenchimes
7 years ago

Tool is a guaranteed paycheck yet they take forever to put an album out. Saying that Maynard wants a paycheck is ridiculous. I’d also say the others don’t timidly tread water… They have been busting their asses on this album and have all been busy with their own projects. Danny is drumming every week and released an album with his other band and Adam works on his art and comics constantly. Justin just in case you didn’t know has released an album with his new band as well… The fact that you’re looking at this as a business move goes… Read more »

doors
doors
Reply to  Z-Werewolf
7 years ago

“They have been busting their asses on this album and have all been busy with their own projects.”

Haha! What a ridiculous comment! Spare the bullshit excuses. 7 years to make an album is beyond lazy. Great to see that Maynard timed that comment right after the article mentions Tool. It was aimed at the other three and rightly so. Drumming on the side and releasing shitty collaborative discs is a hobby. The rest of the time they were (are) on vacation.

lipanconjuring
lipanconjuring
7 years ago

I was bummed that he didn’t even hit some of the same notes in the recorded version that he did when he and Billy Howerdel played it a few years back at E3. Makes me wonder if his voice is really going away that quickly. His cover just comes off really flat. Instrumentally its a carbon copy, vocally its just less, so what’s the point.

The last bit about not getting mad when he hires a replacement made me think of Freese.

children
children
7 years ago

Judging from those recent interviews for the tour, it seems like the band is in good spirits, especially Adam. They don’t seem to be stressed or anything and even give the impression that they are excited. I doubt they would be so positive if things weren’t going well with the album.

brokenchimes
brokenchimes
7 years ago

^ Well I was more referring to the personalities in the band and how more likely it is for something to happen once a certain player is involved. There’s no argument really. ‘timidly treading water’ refers to the time it takes that they have shown in all their affairs: Volto!, Mt Void etc. Maynard creates art but of course looks at his work as a Job.. Which he even clearly says.

brokenchimes
brokenchimes
7 years ago

^^^

tiresias
tiresias
7 years ago

Tool Mother Fucking TOOL!. The new album is going to be awesome. I listen to Tomahawk’s new album (awesome BTW) and then I listen to Rosetta Stoned and I am totally fucking blown away. Feel free to bitch and moan. Thats the way I like her. Mog trolling MJK’s voice is totaly BS anyways. When he did Pushit on the last go round the vocals were spine tingling. Aussies, enjoy that fucking shit. Its going to be two years before they are back down there.

nousername
nousername
7 years ago

The other day I was watching “That Mitchell And Webb Look”, and this scene made me laugh, found some similarities to “No Tool or APC questions”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFwJgXwFE-E

DRURY
DRURY
7 years ago

I don’t particularily care about queen or BR, but thought maynard did a fine job, as well as the band. Non-musicians can be really critical sometimes and not know what the hell they are talking about.

DRURY
DRURY
7 years ago

Exactly. I was there for the first show of 2012 and they blew the whole crowd away. Maynard sang great.

Lots of comments here do the easy and boring thing, and just troll everything with negativity and ignorance, while actimg like they know everything.

children
children
7 years ago

tortured souls they are

children
children
7 years ago

no, you

children
children
7 years ago

I think the reason that certain people can’t fully immerse themselves in 10,000 Days is because it points out the worst side of humanity. Some people are the living embodiment of all those negative elements and they can’t stand to stare into the blackness of their soul. They scream and complain in a desperate attempt to console their egos and fuel their delusions

Alittlevil
Alittlevil
7 years ago

I like tacos.

MarryHanback
MarryHanback
7 years ago

Well said, Drury.

children
children
7 years ago

Drury is probably the most level headed person in the forum, and yet he gets little recognition for any of his thoughtful posts.

DRURY
DRURY
7 years ago

Some forget that Lateralus was pre 9/11. It was an entirely different and much “better” world. People were looking towards a positive future, thinking we’d all evolve consciously and shit. Didn’t happen. 10KD was released 5 years after in the middle of stupid wars and maynard processing his mother’s death. So yeah, the artist reflect all that shit so the album is much darker and more “difficult” to listen to, for sure. That doesn’t mean they are “out of ideas”, but that what they had going on at the time wasn’t what many felt comfortable hearing. I can connect to… Read more »

children
children
7 years ago

Now that’s the kind of conversation we should be having

tiresias
tiresias
7 years ago

Today is a good day. A New Thomas Pynchon Novel is coming out in September, TOOL is re-releasing Opiate all fancified and Nine Inch Nails are touring this summer and fall. WIN WIN WIN. Everybody be happy!

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  tiresias
7 years ago

Holy… fuck… WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN…… NINININININININININININ is coming back?!!!! OMG!!!!! JIZZ….

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
7 years ago

You obviously know nothing of collaborative art. Yes it’s been7 years since their last album but in the last 7 years it obviously hasn’t been in the cards for these guys to get together and make something and I don’t know that I’d want to hear anything from them if they were forced to be in the same room together and write something. It doesn’t just fall out of their ass and into a recording console. Anyone that bitches about 7 years being lazy just doesn’t know what art and the process really is and hasn’t really understood what went… Read more »