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Tool Frontman Talks About Puscifer

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In an interview with SuicideGirls.com Maynard James Keenan talks about his side project Puscifer:

SuicideGirls.com: Recently I've gotten to talk to Les Claypool and Mike Patton who have all these different bands that they do. They both pretty much told me that they're not even sure sometimes where the music they're creating will go. Are you the same way?

Keenan: I try to wear one hat at a time. I find that's the best way to do it. When I'm doing tours I'm doing tours. If I'm doing A PERFECT CIRCLE then I'm doing that. But PUSCIFER has been a little different because it is not just music. It's actually as much a clothing line as it is a band. I've been talking with different manufacturers so it's almost a brand at this point.

SuicideGirls.com: Was that always the intention?

Keenan: I think it's just the age that we're in. With the internet the way it is, music is now a soundtrack to some other activity. You can make a living selling songs but you make a better living playing them. If you're not going to play them you got to figure out what else to sell and I guess that comes down to t-shirts and key chains.

SuicideGirls.com: What was the inspiration for PUSCIFER?

Keenan: PUSCIFER has basically been my little baby and I just kept working on it. I was inspired by all these tunes on the radio like oldies, Motown stuff and hip-hop. Stuff that feels good. I approached PUSCIFER like that. I'm just trying to get stuff that I don't have to think too much about it. It's got a good groove. It makes you feel good and that's where I've been concentrating because I have all the introspective, torturous, painfully organized and arranged music that takes years to create and cuts really deep. But PUSCIFER does not do that. It's something that I want to have fun with and not worry about it being groundbreaking or changing the world.

SuicideGirls.com: Are you going to tour with PUSCIFER?

Keenan: Maybe I will do some stuff in small theatres someday but for now I'm not even worried about that.

SuicideGirls.com: Something like that has to be at least a year and a half off.

Keenan: Yeah but I'm not even thinking about it yet.

SuicideGirls.com: Have you brought in a lot of people to help you with music?

Keenan: Well I've got a guitar tech engineer and a ProTools engineer. Tim Alexander has a whole set up and we just kick it around in my home studio.

SuicideGirls.com: A lot of people have home studios that are just as good as some of the professional ones. I'm sure yours is.

Keenan: The home studios work but at the end of the day nothing sounds like analog two-inch tape. So once the ideas are all organized I want to put all these tapes on two-inch tape if not re-tracking them on two-inch tape.

SuicideGirls.com: I read that the name PUSCIFER is taken from a "Mr. Show" skit you were in.

Keenan: Actually the band itself existed before "Mr. Show". It was always a little project that I had going on. I used the name for "Mr. Show" because it just made sense to get it on the map. The original name of the band was called UMLAUT a premiere improvisational hardcore band, it lasted about a day. It was fun but it evolved quickly into PUSCIFER.

SuicideGirls.com: When you're doing something totally new that's not going to be TOOL or A PERFECT CIRCLE did you know that eventually you wanted to bring back PUSCIFER?

Keenan: Yeah, absolutely. That was always the intention. I just got focused on all the other things that I never really put a lot of time into really bringing it forward and I think now is the time.

SuicideGirls.com: So you guys have postponed the [TOOL] tour because Danny hurt himself?

Keenan: Yeah, he pulled a muscle in his arm.

SuicideGirls.com: What would have to change about TOOL for you to say “I don't want to do this. I have other things to concentrate on”?

Keenan: If the entire world turned into something where there is no money involved. If there was no money involved it would be easy to do this but as soon as the money comes into play, everybody gets weird. It has an affect on everybody. It doesn't matter who they are but as soon as there's money involved people get fucking goofy. When you don't have money to lose you don't have to worry about somebody taking the money. All that bullshit aside I'm trying to prove that I can just make music and make my living doing that and selling shirts for fun.

Source: Metal Hammer

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1. misskeets writes:

It'd be awesome to see some more Puscifier stuff out there. The NIN/Tool collab was a clever idea, marketing or otherwise.

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2. Valentine_no_more writes:

a PERFECT CIRCLE. hopefully a new album soon!!!

# Mar 20, 2007 @ 12:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Valentine_no_more writes:

CHEVELLE has a new album coming soon on April 3rd....

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4. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

I got a question:


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5. Pape Trace writes:

Death Star!

# Mar 29, 2007 @ 9:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. special k writes:

All I have to say is maynard is a artistic chameleon like mike patton abd bjork and he's gonna do a variety of side projects that intrigue and and inspire us. However, I heard about maynard through Tool when i was 16. I'm now 28 but when i play cold and ugly or third eye or play the entire salval cd...i get mesmerized the same way i did when i was a spotty teenager....who can do that these days....anything that comes out of not only maynard , but justin...f*** i think an entire d with just his retarded drumming alone would be trippy like a guitar solo...or justin chancellor's bass beats.. personally 10,000 days sucked ass.. maybe for a band like alexis on fire it'd be their claim to fame..but after releasing lateralus.....10, 000 days to me was experimenting with what I'd expect them to be doing in their new record.....it was bass heavy....danny was asleep....with his drums but justin was finding something new....I figure the album was rushed...and that maynards mother's death judith marie had alot to do with releasing that album so i understand....but f*** another 7 yrs before a tool album...guys u know ur feeling it...as for a perfect circle....mer de noms was unf***ingbeliaveable...13th step was a produced and musically amazing...emotive???/ nothing new there old songs rehashed anmd whats with the dvd single's of schism and parabola.? i bought them i admit being a die hard tool fan....but like maynards says money when money is involved....people get weird..either way im not losing respect for this band....not in my f***ing lifetime im 28 i started listeing to these guys when i was 16 and i respect what their music is about as well as their privacy....im rambling this is just my opinion in the tool forum....lets see what u guys think....eze...special k......

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 2:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. StabbingTheDrama writes:

This isn't a tool forum. This is a thread about Tool. And I didn't really see the whole point behind your post.

# Apr 4, 2007 @ 5:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Cozen writes:

I'm probably as much a Maynard fan and any project he is associated with as I am a TOOL fan. I've heard Maynard speak of not taking anything he says or does too seriously. This was a little disconcerting and contradictory considering the personal and vulnerable lyrics in TOOL & APC songs. It is good to see him mention "changing the world" & "groundbreaking" while alluding to TOOL & APC above...if this society wasn't so content on being blind sheep, it might just work. By the way, how many more TOOL albums do you think could possibly be made? If they release another one in say 6-7 years, Maynard will be approaching 50 years old.

# Apr 11, 2007 @ 1:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. RememberMetal? writes:

I've read that "IF" Tool make another album, the passage of time from 10,000 Days to next album won't be so severe....I have a feeling they have one more in them and there will be a significant hiatus or breakup thereafter.

Now Playing: Ministry - "NWO"

# Apr 11, 2007 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Cozen writes:

That would make sense RememberMetal. Though let's not forget that another album, whether it is in 2 or 5 years would result in a 2 year tour (possibly a farewell). I would think that the hiatus after 10,000 days would have to depend on whether or not Maynard will return to APC and release another album (which you would think is a definite)...which would also require another tour. I can't imagine that TOOL would release another CD for at least 3-4 years unless it is just "off the shelf" material. But, what the hell do I know? I'm just sitting here at work spouting about TOOL instead of drafting construction documents.

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