Puscifer is the experimental Industrial side project of Maynard James
Keenan, the mastermind behind such stellar alt-Metal acts as Tool
and A Perfect Circle.
Keenan was born on April 17, 1964, to a Baptist family and grew up with an older sister in Ravenna, Ohio USA. He joined the Army in 1982; by that time he had lived in Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Keenan studied at West Point Academy prepschool from 1983 to 1984; however, he eventually left the military to study art at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which eventually landed him a job in Los Angeles. By the late '80s he formed Tool with guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Paul d'Amour.
Puscifer is comprised of a revolving door of contributors, including
multi-instrumentalists Danny Lohner and Joshua Eustis, songstress Lisa
Germano, guitarist + engineer Jonny Polonsky, Primus drummer Tim Alexander,
model Milla Jovovich, Tool guitar tech Matt
Mitchell and dark ambient artist Lustmord.
Their debut album, "V Is For Vagina", released through Puscifer Entertainment in October 2007, peaked at #25 on The Billboard 200 and the main single, "Queen B", hit #26 on The Hot Modern Rock chart.
The second Puscifer effort, "Conditions Of My Parole", was
recorded in Jerome, Arizona in the spring of 2011 with tracking done amidst
the wine barrels from Keenan's Caduceus Cellars. Contributing musicians
for the album include the aforementioned Keenan, Mitchell, Eustis, Polonsky
and Alexander as well as singers Carina Round and Juliette Commagere,
touring members of ASHES dIVIDE Matt
McJunkins and Jeff Friedl, Gil and Rani Sharone, Devo Keenan, ex-Nine
Inch Nails keyboardist Alessandro Cortini, Sarah Jones and Jon Theodore,
former drummer of The Mars Volta.
"Man Overboard" was the first single from the disc which came out in October 2011 via Puscifer Entertainment. "Conditions Of My Parole" reached the #27 spot on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.