some info from Maynard care of Rolling Stone
When you say the name of Maynard James Keenanâ€™s new recording project, Puscifer, it is â€œPus as in Pussâ€™n'Boots,â€ says the Tool singer on a recent afternoon at Electric Lady Studios in New York. â€œNot as in a boil,â€ he adds with a dry chuckle.
Keenan, working on the record on a rare day away from Toolâ€™s current world tour, explains that Puscifer â€œis my attempt to make music to inspire people. Heavy rock is sinking, the industry is dying. This is definitely not thinking manâ€™s musicâ€ â€” elliptically referring to Toolâ€™s dense, serpentine metal â€” â€œbut groove-oriented music that makes you feel good.â€
The music Keenan previews at Electric Lady is suitably provocative, with a good-time roll. â€œQueen Bâ€ features a beeâ€™s nest of overlapping, processed vocals â€” including Keenanâ€™s own deep country baritone â€” over noir-ish hip-hop drumming, like Keenanâ€™s previous side outing, A Perfect Circle, in Tennessee-midnight-radio dub. â€œDojoâ€ is marching percussion and sinister electronics with what sounds like the death gulp of a Duane Eddy-treble guitar. â€œWorld Up My Assâ€ is Keenanâ€™s version of the 1980 Circle Jerks song â€” total psychic collapse as straight-up backwoods fun. â€œCountry Bonerâ€ is delightfully offensive and something of an antique â€” a cover of a song by the Illinois garage band Electric Sheep, which featured pre-Tool guitarist Adam Jones and his high school buddy, Tom Morello, later in Rage Against The Machine.
Keenan describes Puscifer as â€œmore of a collaborationâ€ than a group. Contributors include Primus drummer Tim Alexander, guitarist-soundscaper Jonny Polonsky and, on vocals, Lisa Germano and actress Milla Jovovich. And Keenan says the music could end up as more than just an album, which he expects to issue in October. â€œIâ€™d like to release it in different ways â€” maybe two songs at a time, every three or four months. You can do that now, with the Internet and MySpace. In a way, I feel like Iâ€™m standing in two places at once. I have my right foot in then, and my left foot on to the next stage.
â€œThe industry needs an enema,â€ Keenan says bluntly. And Puscifer, he hopes, is his contribution He has a very colorful title for the album but asked if it could stay off the record. â€œOh, wait, youâ€™re a journalist,â€ he cracks, figuring my promise isnâ€™t worth a wooden nickel.
Well, I can keep a secret. And donâ€™t worry â€” this one is worth the wait.