Tool singer Maynard James Keenan rarely opens up in interviews, but he's spoken to MTV News and Rolling Stone about his long-in-the-works project, Pucifer. Die-hard fans of Keenan's work with Tool and A Perfect Circle will be surprised to hear that his new music is way funkier than the heavy prog-Rock they're used to.
"This is absolutely just put-it-on-and-move-your-butt and get-completely-out-of-your-head music," Keenan explained to MTV. "This is purely body candy. It's meant to make you feel like I feel when I hear James Brown, when I hear some old Jackson 5 or Aretha [Franklin]. It's just that good feeling — music that makes you feel good. There's no math. Nothing wrong with math, but sometimes, it can be exhausting to be that forced, that focused. I'm a big King Crimson fan, but only when I have the energy to be. Sometimes I just want to hear Gnarls Barkley."
The debut album from Pucifer will be out some time in October, and finds Keenan collaborating with everyone from Primus drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander to actress Milla Jovovich. Rolling Stone reports that the new tunes include a cover of the Circle Jerks song "World Up My Ass" and a redone version of "Country Boner," a song originally written by Tool guitarist Adam Jones and Rage's Tom Morello for their old band Electric Sheep. Other new songs include "Queen B" and "Dojo."
He also hopes to release the Pucifer material in a variety of mediums, not just the traditional album format. After an initial full CD release to show people "this is what we sound like, this is what I sound like, I'm working with different people," he'd like to "abandon the album format; just come out with two tracks every three months or every five months." Keenan continued, "Because this is not only a musician collaboration, but a visual- artist collaboration as well, I want to put out limited runs of CD singles, with specific artwork by specific artists, and a full-length CD as a collection, but I'm not married to that idea."
Continuing with the visual theme, Keenan even envisions some outside-the-box thinking on Pucifer merchandise. In terms of band t-shirts and clothing, "I want to do small runs of stuff — 50, 100, 150 at the most — and move on to another thing. That'll make it more special, more unique. I don't want to end up with a warehouse of stuff no one wants. If I make a thing and there's 100 of them, and nobody wants them, then I'm only stuck with 100 things, and now I've got some Christmas gifts to unload on my friends."
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