Maynard James Keenan Returns to Puscifer for New Album
Published Jun 22, 2011In addition to splitting his time between Tool, the reunited A Perfect Circle and his burgeoning wine empire, Maynard James Keenan records under the moniker Puscifer. Now, the busy songwriter has announced his sophomore album with the project. Entitled Conditions of My Parole, it's due out October 18.
Keenan recently told Spin that album is in the final stages of mixing, and described it as sounding "like Twin Peaks in the desert."
The album was recorded with a full band in the wine cellar of his property in northern Arizona. Of the location, Keenan said, "The Verde Valley has so much diversity. 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 brought in a number of collaborators for the sessions, including New Young Pony Club/Bat for Lashes drummer Sarah Jones and ex-Mars Volta timekeeper Jon Theodore. He said that the group "put in the right work, put in the hard work, but we didn't beat ourselves up. This album is us focusing, getting inspired, and then going out for a hike or going out to dinner, then getting back to work on it again."
Hopefully, this one goes better than 2007's "V" Is for Vagina, which we said "has about as much positive impact on listeners as a fart in a church pew."
Look for Puscifer to tour in the fall, after A Perfect Circle are finished with their summer outing. Of this future jaunt, fans should expect "a lot of changes and new approaches. We'll be doing a lot of filming and posting more videos online, too," said Keenan.
And here's his inevitable comparison of wine and music: "[Recording music] is very much like winemaking. Pieces are developing individually, then you bring them together and they either fit together or they don't. Eventually when you bring it all together, it integrates, then you spend a little bit of time working on it, and then you release it."