PUSCIFER RELEASE “BEDLAMITE” VIDEO
Puscifer, whose critically-acclaimed new album, Existential Reckoning (Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG) arrives on physical formats (vinyl/CD/cassette) today, have released a video “Bedlamite” (https://youtu.be/eIyg7G8e3aA).
“Sometimes wisdom can come to us from the most unexpected places,” says Maynard James Keenan. “Occasionally we find the simple reassuring words of the Buddha flowing through the mouth of a child or an old drunk uncle. Just gotta be ready to hear them. #wibble”
The clip features performance footage from the band’s recent record-breaking livestream event, “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti.” The outing, which debuted on Oct. 30 and was available for the following week, found Puscifer in the heart of the Arizona dessert, surrounded by the uniquely “utopian metropolis” that Architectural Digest described as looking like “the sublime set of a big-budget sci-fi movie.”
Existential Reckoning (https://Puscifer.lnk.to/ExistentialReckoning) has already received numerous best of 2020 accolades including Consequence of Sound, who dubbed it a “new wave inspired soundtrack,” and Revolver who said “you’re… unlikely to find another album that explores the fear and loathing of our uncertain times in as chill a fashion.” The 12-song release has been described by Stereogum as “funky” and “darkly playful,” Billboard called it “slinky,” and SPIN said its “infectious enough to make you want to dance the blight away and ponderous enough to make your mind work up a sweat while doing so.”
Born somewhere in the Arizona desert, Puscifer is an electro-rock band, multimedia experience, traveling circus, and alien abduction survivors. The group’s catalog consists of four full-length studio albums—“V” is for Vagina , Conditions of My Parole , Money Shot , and Existential Reckoning (2020) —in addition to a series of EPs and remixes. Beyond the core trio of Maynard James Keenan [vocals], Mat Mitchell [guitar, production], and Carina Round [vocals, songwriting], the group’s ever-evolving ecosystem encompasses Greg Edwards (bass, guitar, keys), Gunnar Olsen (drums), as well as a cast of characters such as Billy D and his wife Hildy Berger, Major Douche, Special Agent Dick Merkin, and many more. Meanwhile, the moniker’s origins can be traced to a 1995 episode of the HBO classic Mr. Show where Keenan first utilized the name “Puscifer.” In addition to tallying tens of millions of streams and views, they’ve piqued the curiosity of the press. Entertainment Weekly christened them, “Exceptionally groovy,” and Revolver fittingly described them as “indescribable.” Renowned for an immersive live show, the group’s performances blur the lines between concert and theater, traversing the dusty American Southwest with Billy D and Hildy or the sweaty squared circle with Luchadores. They’ve brought this to life everywhere from Coachella to Bonnaroo. On their 2020 debut for Alchemy Recordings/Puscifer Entertainment/BMG entitled Existential Reckoning, Puscifer track Billy D back to the desert and, just maybe, uncover the truth about aliens once and for all.