Interested in an evening of pulsating alternative rock? Look no further than creative ringleader and multi GRAMMY Award winning Maynard James Keenan, best known as vocalist for the exploratory rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, as he brings Puscifer to the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 502 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Ind. 46204, on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. Puscifer are on tour supporting their latest release entitled Money Shot (October 29, 2015). Tickets are available online at Livenation.com.
Money Shot, the third full-length emission from perennially sardonic alterna-sunstrokers Puscifer, 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.
“I don’t really know how else to talk about it other than it’s more,” says Maynard James Keenan. “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.”
Lyrically, Money Shot continues with the wry, satirical gaze that Keenan is renowned for. “Maybe this collection is about not just where I am, spiritually, emotionally, physically. But also just kind of a calling out of where we are, just as a f**kin’ species,” he says. “I feel like we’ve lost our way, kind of. I guess some of this is meant to help, maybe, if you’re listening, a lot of these songs, in a way, hopefully inspire people to get back on track themselves.”
The end result is the most confident Puscifer release to date and easily the most openly “Maynard James Keenan” of the bunch. The one thing he didn’t do on this album was hesitate, eschewing the pressure of deliberately standing apart from his other bands. “I was already versions of myself on prior projects. And then to have to kind of create a third version of me…I’m no longer having to reinvent myself. I’m settling into what I know, rather than trying to reinvent and come up with something I didn’t know yet. I am just settling into me. This is me pulling out all the stops to just be who I’ve been as a musician.” [from Puscifer biograpy]
According to the Puscifer Facebook page, Life is too short NOT to create something with every breath we draw. Puscifer celebrates this creative process. We embrace all mediums of creative expression. Music, film, cuisine, viticulture, winemaking, useless stuff that you don’t really need, but you just want it cuz it makes you smile. Knowing that we’re inspiring others to Think and/or Create and/or Smile and/or Weep Tears of Joy is our reward. Forward we go.’
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Murat at Old National Centre
502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, Ind. 46204
Show: 7:30 p.m.