Puscifer, who recently shared Phantogram’s contribution to Existential Reckoning: Re-Wired (March 31, Puscifer Entertainment/Alchemy Recordings/BMG): “Postulous (Re-Imagined by Phantogram),” release a Daniel Martin Diaz-created clip for the electrified track: https://youtu.be/V49UBoT2eoU.
Maynard James Keenan shares his thoughts on the serendipitous partnership: “The symbiotic relationship between Daniel Martin Diaz’s visual art and Puscifer’s sonic landscapes on Existential Reckoning, although accidental, is undeniable. Like sentient life forms separated at birth and reunited in the Arizona desert. The cherry on top is the new video he created to accompany the Phantogram ReWire of ‘Postulous.’ Blown away. Thank you, DMD.”
Building on the artwork that has surrounded the alien-infused Existential Reckoning, and its companion release Existential Reckoning: Re-Wired (pre-order here: https://puscifer.lnk.to/ReWired), Diaz explains his approach to the clip: “The concept was to create a futuristic yet nostalgic vision inspired by the overall aesthetic of the music and Carina and Maynard’s performance. I decided to use mind clairvoyance and telekinesis waveforms to convey their communication since their voices blend seamlessly in the recording. The video explores various themes, including invasion from other worlds, apocalyptic scenarios, pyramid mysteries, alien abduction, and advanced technologies.”
The video arrives as the band has confirmed a June 8 performance at the venerable, UK-based Download Festival. Puscifer was originally slated for a June 15 concert in London, but due to ongoing circumstances at Brixton Academy, that date has now been cancelled.
Puscifer have released a track-by-track remix album for each of their four studio albums with Existential Reckoning: Re-Wired offering the most eclectic line-up to date. Imagineers include Puscifer band members Mat Mitchell and Carina Round, current touring musicians Greg Edwards (Failure, Autolux) and Gunnar Olsen, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the aforementioned Phantogram, drummer Sarah Jones and Bring Me The Horizon’s Jordan Fish, Queens of The Stone Age guitar player Troy Van Leeuwen with Gone is Gone’s Tony Hajjar, oft-Puscifer contributor Juliette Commagere, keyboard player Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails), BBC 1’s Daniel P. Carter, and Tool’s Justin Chancellor with The Crystal Method’s Scott Kirkland.
The band previously released “A Singularity (Re-imagined by Carina Round),” with Keenan sharing that the song was written for his late dog, MiHo, and simultaneously sharing a self-shot/edited video featuring the beloved pup. Several friends and family members, including A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel, actor Yul Vázquez and Keenan’s daughter, Lei Li, created videos to accompany the piece which were rolled out over the past month, a playlist of those videos can be found here.
Born somewhere in the Arizona desert, Puscifer is an electro-rock band, multimedia experience, traveling circus, and alien abduction survivors. The group’s catalog consists of four full-length studio albums: “V” is for V****a , Conditions of My Parole , Money Shot , and Existential Reckoning (2020) — in addition to a series of EPs and remixes. Beyond the core trio of Maynard James Keenan [vocals], Mat Mitchell [guitar, production], and Carina Round [vocals, songwriting], the group’s ever-evolving ecosystem encompasses Greg Edwards (bass, guitar, keys), Gunnar Olsen (drums), as well as a cast of characters such as Billy D and his wife Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Special Agent Dick Merkin, and many more. Meanwhile, the moniker’s origins can be traced to a 1995 episode of the HBO classic Mr. Show where Keenan first used the name “Puscifer.” In addition to tallying tens of millions of streams and views, they’ve piqued the curiosity of the press. Entertainment Weekly christened them, “Exceptionally groovy,” and Revolver fittingly described them as “indescribable.” Renowned for an immersive live show, the group’s performances blur the lines between concert and theater, traversing the dusty American Southwest with Billy D and Hildy or the sweaty squared circle with Luchadores. They’ve brought their unique live experience to life everywhere from Coachella to Bonnaroo. On their 2020 debut for Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG entitled Existential Reckoning, Puscifer track Billy D back to the desert and, just maybe, uncover the truth about aliens once and for all.
Puscifer tour dates:
May 18 Daytona Beach, FL Welcome to Rockville
May 19 St. Petersburg, FL Mahaffey Theater
May 23 Asheville, NC Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 27 Columbus, OH Sonic Temple Festival
May 28 Northfield, OH MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage
May 30 Rochester, NY Kodak Center Main Theater
June 1 Baltimore, MD The Lyric Theatre
June 2 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Casino
June 3 Bethlehem, PA Wind Creek Event Center
June 8 Donington, UK Download Festival
June 10 Dublin, Ireland 3Olympia Theatre
June 12 Glasgow, UK O2 Academy Glasgow
June 13 Manchester UK Manchester Academy
June 17 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 20 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega
June 21 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset
June 24 Oslo, Norway Tons of Rock
June 26 Hamburg, Germany Docks
June 27 Berlin, Germany Huxleys
June 28 Berlin, Germany Huxleys
June 30 Belfort, France Les Eurockéennes
July 1 Tilburg, Netherlands Poppodium 013
July 2 Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter
July 4 Barcelona, Spain Club Razzmatazz
July 6 Lisbon, Portugal NOS Alive Festival
July 7 Madrid, Spain Mad Cool Festival
July 8 Athens, Greece Rockwave Festival