Maynard James Keenan’s New Puscifer Album Streaming Ahead of Release
Tool / A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer project is gearing up for Tuesday’s release of its second album, ‘Conditions of My Parole,’ and the long-in-the-works disc is currently streaming online at Spin.com (see link below). ‘Parole’ is the follow-up to Puscifer’s debut album, ‘”V” Is for Vagina,’ which dropped in 2007.
“Musically, it’s like ‘Twin Peaks’ in the desert,” Keenan tells Spin.com, the desert in question being the region surrounding his Northern Arizona vineyards. “You’ve got stories of ghosts and aliens, plus Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, vineyards, ranches, horses. It’s hostile territory: You’ve got scorpions, black widows, brown recluse, javelina, rattlesnakes … and hippies.”
Keenan (pictured above in Puscifer costume) is the only permanent member of the band, and in the past it’s rotating lineup has included ex-Nine Inch Nails bassist Danny Lohner, actress Milla Jovovich and singer-songwriter Lisa Germano. ‘Conditions of My Parole’ has 16 listed contributors, including ex-Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodor, Ashes Divide drummer Jeff Friedl and bassist Matt McJunkins, Bat for Lashes percussionist Sarah Jones and Keenan’s own son Devo, who plays cello on the disc.
Keenan has said that his Puscifer project is a home for musical ideas that do not fit with Tool, which went on hiatus in 2008 and, except for a handful of concerts in 2009-11, have been pretty quiet. If this album consists of ideas that didn’t fit with Tool, does that mean Tool are working on new material? Stay tuned!