Puscifer, a musical collective from Maynard James Keenan, best known as vocalist for exploratory rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, bring their unique theatre and concert experience to Nashville with a stop at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 5, at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets to Puscifer are on sale Friday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville.
Puscifer, which began as a fictional band Keenan fronted in the HBO sketch comedy “Mr. Show” in 1995, is distinctive because Keenan is the only permanent member of the group. Keenan, who refers to the project as his “creative subconscious,” invites a cast of collaborators from the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Primus, and Nine Inch Nails for his various albums and tours.
Money Shot, the band’s third full-length emission, is their boldest statement to date – a mix of the snaky and the snarky, a slow grind where blissful harmonies rub up against ill-angled industrial rhythms. The album, due October 30 via the band's own Puscifer Entertainment, was recorded earlier this year.
"I don't really know how else to talk about it other than it's more," Keenan says. "It really is kind of a culmination of all the things I've been exposed to and inspired by over the years. That combination of the digital programming combined with that acoustic element of the harmonies.... Trying to find that actual pulse, that breath of life within the digital landscape — and then just going ahead and bringing it in for real."
Musicians returning to the fold from Puscifer's 2011 album, Conditions of My Parole, include the core team of multi-instrumentalist Mat Mitchell as well as atmospheric singer-songwriter Carina Round who helps with the album's dreamy waterfall gushes of harmony. Other returning cast members include keyboardist Juliette Commagere and Maynard's son Devo Keenan on cello. The album's unique pulses are provided by some of alternative rock's most formidable drummers including Tim Alexander of Primus, Jon Theodore of Queens of the Stone Age, and Jeff Friedl of A Perfect Circle.
Lyrically, Money Shot continues with the wry, satirical gaze for which Keenan is known. The end result is the most confident Puscifer release to date — and easily the most openly "Maynard James Keenan" of the bunch.
For more information, visit www.Puscifer.com