Puscifer is a band of Maynard James Keenan, known for his work with the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. As Keenan is the only permanent member, he considers the project to be his creative subconscious. In light of this, Puscifer could be considered a pseudonym for his solo work.

Puscifer’s original name was Umlaut, “a premiere improvisational hardcore band”. The name “Puscifer” was first publicized as a fictional band in the first episode of Mr. Show, including Keenan and Adam Jones as members. Jones is not associated with Puscifer otherwise, although artwork by Jones has been featured on Puscifer apparel (the “Your Mom’s a Bitch” shirt, specifically). Keenan describes Puscifer as “simply a playground for the various voices in my head, a space with no clear or discernible goals, where my Id, Ego, and Anima all come together to exchange cookie recipes.” Keenan has reportedly been working on short films with Ford Englerth and Jeffrey Brooks from Red Rock Entertainment Development that may be shown on an upcoming tour. These shorts are done in a similar manner to that of Mr. Show and Tom Waits’ Big Time.

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