Gunnar Olsen - Puscifer

Gunnar Olsen is an in demand studio drummer in New York, having worked with greats such as Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, and most recently, Puscifer – which is what brings us together today. 

Puscifer is a side project started by Maynard James Keenan, of TOOL fame.  Gunnar appears on two studio tracks and the entire live performance of their latest album, “Existential Reckoning – LIVE at Arcosanti”. 

"Everybody deserves to feel the way I feel.  I’ve been really fortunate to do some cool things recently… All of us have so much potential. Creative people - if we can just get past  this ‘how are we going to pay the rent for the next 6 months?’, which is always hard as an artist, but feels really hard right now…. I think good things are ahead of all of us. It’s just going to take a little bit.”

New to Puscifer? Here are a few of my favorite songs. They are all very different, from crass comedy to high minded art rock. Puscifer puts a lot of energy into the visual presentation (and the jokes) – they are best appreciated in video format or live on stage. 

Check out their latest release, Existential Reckoning, available on all streaming services – or – visit the Puscifer store to purchase physical & collectible copies:

Check out their brilliant live performance of Existential Reckoning, in it’s entirety. Watching this is how I truly fell in love with the album: 

Update - Tour Photos!:

18 Months following my interview with Gunnar, the social landscape has changed dramatically. Life is largely back to normal, and Puscifer is on tour. I caught up with the band at their Denver show at the Mission Ballroom on 6 July, 2022. Here are some photos from their performance. 

Note: At the time of this publication, Puscifer has announced dates for a series of Fall 2022 shows. You will love the show! 


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