Puscifer is the side project of singer Maynard James Keenan. The band, of which Keenan is its only permanent member, plays a variety of music styles, everything from ambient to country.
If you like the groups MJK fronts—Tool and A Perfect Circle—then you’ll probably like Puscifer.
In Puscifer, Keenan explores musical ideas unsuitable for Tool and A Perfect Circle. He also lets his sense of humor run wild and embraces his affinity for the American Southwest.
Besides music, Keenan also uses the Puscifer brand to sell clothes. A large section of puscifer.com is dedicated to selling men’s and women’s apparel.
Puscifer’s first release was the single “Cuntry Boner.” It hit streets on Oct. 2, 2007.
Later that month, Puscifer released the EP Don’t Shoot the Messenger and then the studio album “V” is For Vagina.
The studio album peaked at #25 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than 100,000 copies.
In April of 2008, the album was remixed and released under the title “V” is for Viagra. The Remixes.
The band’s sophomore effort, Conditions of My Parole, dropped in October of 2011. The album was produced by Keenan, Mat Mitchell, and Josh Eustis.
Conditions received better reviews than its predecessor but only managed to peak at #27 on the Billboard 200.
Puscifer’s third album, Money Shot, was introduced to the world in late October of 2015. The album’s first single was “Grand Canyon.”
"It's extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes. And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.” — Maynard James Keenan on Money Shot
Puscifer began performing live in February of 2009 but only in the Southwest. The first Puscifer concerts outside of the Southwest, also known as the first Puscifer tour, occurred in the spring of 2010.
In 2012, and for the very first time, Puscifer tickets were collected outside of North America. The band performed in Australia, Brazil, and Chile.
The seeds for Puscifer germinated in Keenan’s imagination way back in 1995 while he was participating in Tantrum, an underground variety show.
Later that same year, Keenan appeared in the classic sketch comedy program, Mr. Show, as the frontman of a fictional band called “Puscifer.”