Review By: Sebastian Bjorn Benedict
Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer post-industrial alternative rock project is currently on the road in support of their newest record Money Shot. On Tuesday night fans adoring Tool t-shirts lined up making the atmosphere feel like a weekend. The opening act were luchadores (wrestlers) which coincided with their recent music video for the song “Toma.”
A few lucky fans had participated with the opening act by sitting along the makeshift bleachers cheering along during the match. After the unusual performance which included some adult humor.
Once the stage crew set up the drum kit the audience started to fill in. A screen appeared above giving a humorous warning stating “ NOBODY WANTS TO STAND BEHIND YOU AND WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH YOUR FUCKING PHONES SCREEN “. Which had the audience chuckle nervously.
The band performed a set of 19 songs and played a mixed bag of material from all three of their albums. They opened up with the avant-garde “Simultaneous” which then segwayed into the haunting bass numbing sound of a song “Galileo”. In typical Maynard fashion, his voice added an atmospheric effect with everything he touched.
Much of the evening felt like one concerto piece in a sense that the vibe for almost every performance was a showcasing the band’s three-album catalog.
Puscifer brought in the goods with “The Undertaker” and “Rev 22:20” from their first record V Is For Vagina and material from their sophomore effort Conditions of My Parole such as “Toma” and “Telling Ghosts”.
One would argue that the band is at its peak, however from tonight’s set of songs one can say that the band is starting to peak. The newest record challenges the listeners go into the rabbit hole and dares to have us open the third eye.