Watch a dancing Keenan sing, 'Go on moron, ignore the evidence'
Maynard James Keenan has dropped the first track and video from Puscifer's new album, set for release this autumn.
He gave an interview to Zane Lowe on Apple's 'New Music Daily' which is set for release at 17:00pm Friday 8 May at Apple.co/nmdb1.
In the interview, he discusses some of the writing process of the new album and how it's important to set deadlines but not be stifled by them.
"You don’t want to force creativity, but part of it I argue that you do, you need to pull your head out of your ass, don’t fucking wimp about it and just force yourself.
"You have a goal today, solve this piece of the puzzle today. If you don't do it, forgive yourself but don’t let yourself off the hook.
"Then you’ll find you can see the entire valley and it all unfolds. That’s what happened with 'Apocalyptical'. I’d been working on another track before and I couldn’t crack it and I did the due diligence and I did it. I put it aside, cracked this one... and we tracked it on my wife’s birthday.
"That’s the discipline side of being an artist that’s what's hard about being an artist."
He goes on to discuss the video and how it's important to have humour and a sense of perspective during these uncertain times.
"You’ve got to maintain some of that maniac...dad jokes...sense of humour in all that’s going on in all this isolation. People are afraid... there’s so much lack of facts, there’s no information to make decisions...especially in the States, it’s a politicised mess… Just give me the facts and stop trying to get elected over it.
"We need to draw back and remember...help your friends, your neighbour, your family, be present in all this.
"This is a strange time that none of us have lived through... You can always do better...you can always be wrong...just take that perspective. I feel like we can get through this.
"We’ve got a fun song we had a lot of fun making way before all this stuff went down and the video is in the middle of it all. It’s kind of a nice marriage."
Keenan also said in separate post: “Manipulated information disseminated by kings, queens, dictators, so called leaders, supposed professionals or outliers and conspiracy theorists living underground, or in basements, is not new or unique to this generation.
"Misdirection is power struggles’ conjoined twin but the speed at which it now travels in this digital age is dangerous and destructive on many levels. This rapid distribution of poison and its immediate impact will be the hallmark of our generation. Even in light of all this, and all the noise the digital landscape generates, all I keep asking myself is ‘what is it with the whole hoarding toilet paper thing?'"