Puscifer, the unpindownable music-and-performance-art collective led by Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, is back. Their first new song since 2015 hit digital streaming platforms tonight (May 7th) at midnight, and it's both eerily prescient and characteristically bizarre, whispery and groovy, infectious and menacing. Titled "Apocalyptical," it arrives with a timely vision of a world sinking in its own apathy and denial, a vision that's underscored by the single's darkly whimsical video, complete with dancing Maynards, empty cities and a Hazmat-suited Onewheel rider — imagery that was teased in an April 22nd Instagram post. Watch and listen above, and read the song's biting lyrics below.
Puscifer, which is rounded out by Carina Round and Mat Mitchell, have been working on new music for awhile now, as documented on the group's social media, where the hashtags have alternated between #Puscifer2020 and #Puscifer2021 before swinging back again recently to the former — quarantine has seemingly been good for the creative process. Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha and Game of Thrones star Esmé Bianco have been part of that process, with their contributions expected to appear on the band's forthcoming full-length; according to the YouTube description of the "Apocalyptical" video, the as-yet-untitled LP is due sometime this fall.
Concrete conclusions be damned
They won't believe you until it's far too late
Go on, moron, Ignore the evidence.
Skid in to Armageddon
Jog on, Head down. Ignore the evidence.
Trippin over Armageddon
Moon Walkin Apocalyptical
Dumb dumb be damned