Puscifer, after just announcing the release of their fourth full-length album, Existential Reckoning, will be taking their fans into the Arizona desert for an immersive livestream concert experience to celebrate its release on October 30th.
The show, dubbed “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti,” promises a visually stunning performance that cannot be missed.
Puscifer have become well-renowned for their live productions. Merging the musical with theatrics, concert-goers have been treated with live Luchadores, a “Hee-Haw” themed variety show, and a campfire in the desert with an Airstream trailer. What Puscifer has in mind for this performance, we have yet to find out, but we know one thing for sure: it will be unlike anything the band has done before.
“If you’re not familiar with Arcosanti, I highly recommend that you look it up,” says Maynard James Keenan of the location. “It’s one of a long list of examples of architects, artists, actors, musicians, writers, and poets. People who are not necessarily from Arizona but came here and found that creative tick that burrows under your skin here, something that sets you in a motion to respond to this, what I consider to be equal parts inspirational and hostile, environment. It’s not easy to survive here. There’s already been a dust devil that’s whipped through here, rattlesnakes, crazy red ants outside of my sleeping quarters which tried to consume my dog. We feel like we’re on the edge of the world. Imagine if you were an extra-terrestrial traveler and you landed in the Southwest and wanted to assume an identity here and blend in, this would probably be a good spot to do that.”
The location, Arcosanti, was described by Architectural Digest as a “utopian metropolis in the Arizona desert” that “looks like the sublime set of a big-budget sci-fi movie.” A location that’s both inspirational and bewitching, as Arizona itself often is. The 48th state has played a silent, yet meaningful, partner to the musical troupe, with its vistas and deserts often appearing in the band’s music videos, as concert backdrops and as the subject of numerous lyrics.
“We could do a live stream from anywhere – a sound stage, an empty theater. But this location, at Arcosanti, in the heart of the unforgiving yet beautiful Arizona desert, adds another dimension to Puscifer’s music,” says Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP). DWP produces the largest independent festivals in the United States– including Aftershock, Welcome to Rockville, and much more– and are co-producers of this upcoming event.
“Maynard is an artist in everything he does, from his music to his wine to his farm-to-table restaurant. The common thread running through all of it is that he doesn’t take any shortcuts – and he’s chosen an environment that doesn’t allow for shortcuts,” he continues. “‘Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti’ promises not just to be an experience, but to be an insight into that desert world that fuels and inspires Maynard and Puscifer. The only thing better would be to enjoy the show with a glass of Maynard’s Caduceus Wine in hand.”
Livestream tickets, as well as a selection of limited edition merchandise exclusive to attendees, are available now via pusciferlive.com. The livestream debuts on Oct. 30 at 3:00 pm Pacific/6:00 pm Eastern/10:00 pm UK/11:00 pm EU and remains on-demand for 72 hours.