Maynard James Keenan Says Puscifer is Completely ‘Independent’

2011-11-26

Story by Anne Erickson

Puscifer’s fall tour wraps up in December

Maynard James Keenan may be known for fronting dark, ambient art rock groups Tool and A Perfect Circle. But this fall, the renowned vocalist and songwriter is spending his days on the road with Puscifer, his electro-industrial, comedy-flavored project, promoting the band’s sophomore full-length, Conditions of My Parole.

What makes Puscifer different from both Tool and A Perfect Circle is the fact that Puscifer are doing everything completely DIY. Keenan says that concept might be a hard thing for people to wrap their heads around, because “they’ve heard of larger acts saying ‘Oh, we’re independent.’ Well, no, not really, because they might not have a label, but they definitely have a staff that’s basically a label,” he told the Phoenix New Times. “They have all the same pieces in place, and then they go through a major distributor to make sure their records get out into the stores.”

As for all those bells and whistles, Puscifer doesn’t have any of them. “… We’re going through – no label, no funding, no underwriting, no sponsors. We got through an independent distribution called Junketboy, which deals with local record stores, the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, [and gets the record to] places like Amoeba, and all the places around Phoenix where you can still get vinyl. Hot Topic won’t even take Junketboys calls to distribute records – that’s how independent it is.”

Remaining 2011 Puscifer Tour Dates:

Nov. 26. — Washington, D.C.
Nov. 27 — Charlotte, N.C.
Nov. 29 — Knoxville, Tenn.
Nov. 30 — Atlanta, Ga.
Dec. 2 — Tulsa, Okla.
Dec. 3 — Dallas, Texas
Dec. 6 — Los Angeles, Calif.
Dec. 7 — San Francisco, Calif.
Dec. 9 — Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 10 — Las Vegas, Nev.

 




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