maynard's side projects

A Perfect Circle

Maynard’s voice can be heard elsewhere, outside of the angst-ridden whispers and gut-wrenching screams of Tool’s work. Since 1999 he has been lending his vocal onslaught to the band A Perfect Circle as well, this time in a far more atmospheric environment. While less viscerally intense, and often not as loud, the vocal work done on APC’s albums is still undoubtably Maynard. APC began when Billy Howerdel, a guitar technician (for bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and Tool), and Maynard joined forces in 1999. They have since released three studio albums and a DVD, despite having to work around Maynard’s Tool schedule. The band, however, is rumored to be on a permanent hiatus following the release of Tool’s 10,000 Days in 2006. At the time of the last album, its line-up consisted of Mayard on vocals, Howerdel on guitar, Josh Freese (of The Vandals) on drums, James Iha (formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins) on guitar, and Jeordie White (former Marilyn Manson band member) on bass. Several other musicians have lent their talents to APC’s three albums, including Danny Lohner and Paz Lenchantin. The bands studio releases include “Mar de Noms” (2000), “Thirteenth Step” (2003) and “eMOTIVe” (2004).


For the metal-heads who love those distinctly Maynard-esque vocals, but prefer something less mainstream than A Perfect Circle, or less heavy than Tool, Maynard also offers up his talents through the side project Puscifer, and experimental/industrial/lounge band. While Puscifer has yet to release any studio album, and remains unsigned by any major record label, Maynard still makes the band’s music available on the Puscifer MySpace page. Its current line-up consists of “Maynard James Keenan and a revolving door of talented people,” according to its MySpace. Maynard describes Puscifer as his “creative subconscious,” calling it an “island of misfit ideas” that never found a home in the music of Tool or A Perfect Circle. Puscifer may be releasing an album in October, but this, according to Maynard, is still very tentative.