Maynard James Keenan is back with a new album—but it’s not the long anticipated follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days, much to the despair of the overly eager Tool fans—from his comedic side-project, Puscifer.
In a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, Keenan discusses how he has spent most of his time these days focused on his solo work and the success of his wine business. However, when it comes to talking about Tool, reporter David Accomazzo said “[Keenan’s] answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.”
Although Keenan has kept mum on the details of a long-awaited fifth studio album, he hasn’t been shy talking about Puscifer’s third studio album, Money $hot.
Much like The Monkees did years prior, Keenan originally created “Puscifer” as a fictitious band for the ’90s HBO sketch-comedy series Mr. Show starring David Cross and Bob Odenkirk. It wasn’t until years later, in 2006, that Keenan adopted the moniker for his alt-rock/electronic side-project.
Similar to his 2011 album, Conditions of My Parole, Keenan decided to stick his lovely mug on the cover once again. The album art for Money $hot features a hilariously rowdy bar scene with the Tool-frontman, dressed in full cowboy attire, tossing back shots with his friend.
“Galileo,” kicks off the album with a guitar-heavy progressive rock sound that looks to satisfy the many impatient fans crowing for new music, with a surprisingly sinister aesthetic similar to Keenan’s other supergroup, A Perfect Circle.
The first single, “Grand Canyon,” was inspired by the natural wonders and beauty of Arizona, where Keenan currently owns and operates Merkin Vineyard and the Caduceus Cellars winery.
In the video, which Keenan also directed, he sings about “standing on the edge of forever,” as he stares out over the vast plateaus and valleys of the Grand Canyon.
Despite its title, “The Arsonist,” is actually a song about a guy who is disconnected from the rest of society. The hauntingly dark electronic track talks about “burning bridges,” as a way to describe the protagonist’s self-destructive social skills.
Apart from borrowing the title from a 1979 Monty Python film, the track “The Life of Brian (Apparently You Haven’t Seen),” is much more experimental—sounding somewhere between Nine Inch Nails and Slipknot-frontman Corey Taylor’s side-project Stone Sour.