While Tool continue to drag out the suspense surrounding the long-overdue follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days – and to prank the exasperated fans awaiting it – the band’s ever-prolific singer Maynard James Keenan has another record in the pipeline from his electro-rock project Puscifer. The group will release its third album, Money Shot, on October 30th, and has offered the first sights and sounds from the new LP with the video for “Grand Canyon,” which can be viewed above.
The clip features dramatic footage of the desert landscape (the Tool frontman lives in Arizona and the state’s sunbaked Western vibe has long inflected Puscifer) while Keenan and frequent collaborator Carina Round duet about “witnessing the majesty” and “sitting on the edge of forever” over a slow-building, insistently pulsing soundtrack. The video concludes with the striking image of the two lucha libre–masked characters from Puscifer’s “Toma” video standing defiantly on the edge of a cliff.
“It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes,” Keenan says of the 10-track Money Shot. “And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.”
Keenan dreamed up Puscifer in 1995 while participating in Laura Milligan’s Hollywood-based underground variety stage show Tantrum, and the group – then a fictional hardcore band – made its first television appearance that same year on the sketch comedy series Mr. Show. Its debut album, V Is for Vagina, didn’t come until 2007, however, and its lineup has shifted many times over the years, with Keenan being the only constant member. Puscifer’s current roster includes Round, Mat Mitchell, Juliette Commagere, Devo Keenan, Tim Alexander, Jon Theodore, Jeff Friedl and Matt McJunkins.