Following the release of the new Puscifer song "Apocalyptic" earlier this month, frontman Maynard James Keenan caught up with Apple Music's Zane Lowe to talk about the state of the world and where he's at during this moment.
Maynard pointed out that usually during this time of year, he is out on the road touring. This is the first spring in a long time where he is home on his vineyard, actually being able to see his fruit bloom. "Well, normally this is the road season, gearing up for harvest in July, August, September, October. So, this is the time that I would be out. If I'm going to be away from home, this is the perfect time. Unfortunately, actually, for the last seven years, I've missed a lot of things in my orchards, like apricots, come on. I just saw them today, they're starting to come on. So, I usually miss the apricots, miss the plums, all the stuff that's just coming on during this particular season. So, this is nice for me to be home, to be able to touch the things that I planted 15 years ago."
As for the current situation in the world, Maynard thinks this is just the start of a rapid shift in our way of living.
"I feel like this is the beginning. Things shifting, climate change, adjustments, readjustments, realignments. We're probably going to see a lot more of these things, because right when you get in that group, you think you've got it all figured out, there's something that will come out of left field that takes you out at the knees. And why wouldn't it be microscopic? You've heard people talk about ice caps melting and it releasing crazy things that we haven't seen in millennia. This could be training for that. So, get used to it, figure out what you're going to do."
Through it all, Maynard is trying to keep an open mind.
"I feel like we're going to go through a lot of changes. We're going to go through a lot of growing pains. I've tried to keep open minded about things, not always just assume you're right just because you're successful and reevaluate those things. I mean, even right now. Last night we had pasta with tomatoes and basil from our garden, drinking our own wine. It's one of those things that didn't happen overnight. We had to work for that. You had to pay attention to that. You had to be in touch because some things just don't grow everywhere. You have to be in touch with where you are, where you're going and I could claim, "Look how I was right 25 years ago when I planted that orchard and planted that garden." That's absurd. I was just like planting things."