American rock supergroup Puscifer was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1995 by Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle. Maynard was initially the only permanent member of the band, but frequent collaborators Mat Mitchell and Carina Round are also now official members.
Initially going under the name Umlaut, the group touted itself as "a premiere improvisational hardcore band". Puscifer first appeared as a band under that name in the first episode of the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show, starring and hosted by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.
Puscifer was formed by Keenan 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." That project was also involved in several short films that Keenan produced with Ford Englerth and Jeffrey Brooks from Red Rock Entertainment Development. These shorts were in style to Mr. Show and Tom Waits' Big Time. Puscifer is "as much a clothing line as it is a band" – a whole host of Puscifer merchandise is available through the band’s website, including locally roasted coffee, art, and many other limited edition collectibles.
2007-2008: Don’t Shoot the Messenger, "V" is for Vagina, and "V" is for Viagra. The Remixes
Puscifer released its debut single "Cuntry Boner" on October 2, 2007, followed by the four-track EP, Don’t Shoot the Messenger, one week later. The single was written and originally recorded by Electric Sheep, a punk band featuring Adam Jones and Tom Morello, and it hit number 12 on the Billboard Hot Singles chart. The band’s debut album, "V" is for Vagina, was released on October 30, as was its second single "Queen B." The album debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200 and at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.
On April 29, 2008, the band released the remix album "V" is for Viagra. The album contains ten remixes of tracks from "V" Is for Vagina, as well as two remixes of their debut single. Dave "Rave" Ogilvie of Skinny Puppy, Lustmord, Renholder, Paul Barker from Ministry, and Telefon Tel Aviv, among others, all have remixes on the album. Two of the tracks from the album, "Indigo Children" (JLE Dub Mix) and "Momma Sed" (Tandimonium Mix), appear on the official soundtrack for the video game Need for Speed: Undercover.
On October 17, 2008, the band released an official music video for the song "Momma Sed" on its YouTube channel.
2009-2010: "D" is for Dubby: The Lustmord Dub Mixes and "C" is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here)
A second remix album, "D" is for Dubby, was released in October 2009. The album features dub remixes of the songs from "V" is for Vagina by Welsh industrial musician Lustmord.
"C" Is for (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) is an EP that was announced in October 2009 and was released the following month. It contains six tracks; four previously unreleased songs and two live recordings of tracks from "V" is for Vagina, recorded from the Club Nokia shows on Puscifer's 2009 tour.
2011-2013: Conditions of My Parole and Donkey Punch the Night
"Man Overboard", the first single from Puscifer’s second album, was released on July 19, 2011. It debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200.
Their third EP, Donkey Punch the Night, was released on February 19, 2013, and charted at number 57 on the Billboard 200. It features two new tracks ("Breathe" and "Dear Brother") as well as two covers, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen and "Balls to the Wall" by Accept, and several remixes.
2015-present: Money Shot and Existential Reckoning
On July 29, 2015, Puscifer’s third album, Money Shot, was announced via the release of its first single, "Grand Canyon". The album was released on October 30, 2015, and reached number 30 on the Billboard 200. The vinyl version features an exclusive mix of "Simultaneous" featuring Daniel Ash (Bauhaus/Love And Rockets). The band released the remix album, Money Shot Your Re-Load, in November 2016.
"Apocalyptical" was released with a video on May 8, 2020, as the lead single from the band’s fourth studio album. The album, Existential Reckoning, was released that October. It charted in the top 15 of the Billboard Independent Albums, Top Rock Albums, and Top Alternative Albums charts. It was also listed in Consequence of Sound and Revolvers end of year top albums of 2020 charts.