Maynard James Keenan Keeps All His Bands Separate
Maynard James Keenan keeps himself busy with A Perfect Circle, Tool and Puscifer. He'll tour with one band for six months. Then, he'll go record an album with another. Once that wraps, he's back to touring. But, Maynard says he keeps all the bands separate.
“I definitely, absolutely try to do one thing at a time,” Keenan said in an interview with Omaha.com. “I’m not writing a song and deciding what group it’s going toward. In general, you’re right. I don’t cross streams.”
Keenan went on to explain that he likes the diversity of this bands. “It’s partly that being in that chaotic space is where you learn and grow... After a while there’s an expectation that’s attached. Having the different outlets keeps that fresh and builds on ideas.”
“I think most people, they enjoy some success based on sound or a movement they’ve made and they build on that,” he said. “They go with what they know. After a while, you’re kind of pigeonholed in that sound and you can’t move around without criticism.”
Keenan plans to get Tool in the studio soon and lay down an album for a release later this year.