As you’ll see in the footage below, the video exists in the bizarre, extraterrestrial-filled California about which Puscifer’s entire career seems to be focused. The narrative follows agents of some sort of shady organization finding a briefcase in the desert, inside of which appears to be data about the most baffling alien object known to man: Maynard’s head. Between it all, a lost hostage, a vast highway, and a pretty epic pompadour on the band’s own Carina Round give this video a Pulp Fiction-meets-Close Encounters kind of vibe that fans of the Tool frontman’s unorthodox approach will undoubtedly enjoy.
“People ask us ‘What is in the Briefcase?’” says Keenan of the video. “‘Puscifer.’ And what is Puscifer?’ ‘What is Puscifer is what Puscifer is.’ ‘Like a paradox?’ ‘More than one.’ Sigh.”
Check out Puscifer’s “Theorem” video below.
Puscifer’s Existential Reckoning is out now on BMG.
While Maynard would love to tour in support of Puscifer’s new album, he won’t — because as a sufferer of the coronavirus, he’s both still dealing with aftereffects and trying not to get anyone else sick.
“It’s real. And there’s aftereffects,” Maynard said in a recent interview. “I had to go through some major medications to undo the residual effects. Still coughing.
“There’s still lung damage,” continued Maynard. “I still have the cough. Every other day, I have these coughing fits because my lungs are still damaged at the tips. And I just got over the inflammation that was going on with my wrist and hands. I had an autoimmune attack on my system in the form of, like, a rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, from what I understand, it attacks weird spots and it’s random. So that’s what I got. That was my prize.”
When asked about the possibility of touring with Puscifer to promote the band’s upcoming album Existential Reckoning, Maynard replied, “I would love to go out on tour. But I wouldn’t want to put my family through that if something awful happened to friends or family because of it.”
Words by Chris Krovatin