Puscifer at Meadow Brook Amphitheater, 5 Things to Know – The Oakland Press


Fifteen years isn’t a long time in a band’s lifespan. But Puscifer has managed to squeeze in as much work as some bands have done in their lifetime over the last decade and a half of music release.

Founded in Los Angeles by Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan and Mat Mitchell, then Carina Round, the troupe has released four studio albums (2020’s “Existential Reckoning” is the most recent) as well as a batch of EPs. , remix collections and live albums. He also built a reputation for his live theatrical performances, and Puscifer filled part of the pandemic with an extravagant concert broadcast live from the Arizona desert.

Now the band are back on the road, playing “Existential Reckoning” in its entirety, complementing the album’s alien concept with selections from its predecessors…

  • Mitchell, who is Puscifer’s main studio assistant, said the band was happy to perform in front of a live audience again. “We kind of planned this before Pay Per View,” he says over the phone from a tour stop in Philadelphia, “and then we had to put that aside when it all stopped. The (pay-per-view) shows were fun because it’s super creative and you can do a lot of things that you don’t do in a traditional live show. But crowd commentary is something special, and something you just can’t get when looking at a camera.
  • While Puscifer lamented the limitations of the pandemic lockdown, “Existential Reckoning” took advantage of the circumstances, according to Mitchell. “There were fewer distractions because the world was kind of on hiatus for a lot of it. Everything that everyone went through during the confinement is reflected in the sound of this one. It’s just the evolution of the three of us working together and each doing their part and their stuff to make it something special and challenge each other.
  • With “Existential Reckoning”, Mitchell and Round were listed as permanent members of Puscifer for the first time, although the former terms that “typography more than anything”. Maynard and I have been working together since the first record; my involvement in that was less as a songwriter and more as a producer. After that, it’s kind of him and me writing most of it, and then Carina doing her gymnastics on top of that. Clearly, she’s found more of her place and the freedom to reach out and go. She took it more as her own as things progressed.
  • All three members of Puscifer work outside of the group, though Keenan is the most visible. That hasn’t stopped Puscifer from being prolific, and Mitchell says the band benefits from those other involvements. “(Puscifer) is his own thing, but I think every outside thing influences what happens. any idea is kind of open to interpretation once another player adds their stuff. So I think it’s always going to be kind of an island because it’s three people pushing each other back and forth to create. It’s a safe space to toss ideas, whether good or bad, and not get stuck in any kind of box.
  • Looking ahead, Mitchell says Puscifer will be offering more pay-per-view performances in the fall, “and more to be announced very soon. We’re workaholics, always wanting to be creative, always wanting to do things. When I have days off, I usually work on new material, exchanging ideas. You will take the two or three days off once a year; other than that, you want to want and be creative.

Puscifer, Moodie Black and Billy Howerdel perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1 at the Meadow Brook Amphitheater on the University of Oakland campus in Rochester Hills. 313-471-7000 or 313Presents.com.


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