As promised, Danny and Blair had a chat on Rynne’s Children of Saturn show, discussing their trip to France as well as a small update on Tool. They also took a few questions from Facebook, one of which was from yours truly! Here’s a summary of the bits I imagine most of you are interested in:
- Songwriting is progressing well, especially on the 20 minute epic they’ve mentioned numerous times. Danny mentioned that Justin in particular is quite happy with a recent version of the song. No mention of Maynard at all.
- Adam didn’t go on his annual trip to the UK this November, which means that the band seem to have found some extra time to work together.
- No tours or other distractions are on the cards
- There are no plans for other Tool (non-album) releases or reissues at this stage, however Danny did suggest that the curveball was a video for Opiate that was presumably supposed to be part of that reissue. This may get a proper release soon
- A working title for one of the new songs is Bouncing Arab.
- Danny named Rosetta Stoned as the most difficult Tool song to play live.
- Blair gave the hint “REAL2REEL” in regards to Problem 8. Danny mentioned that there may be such a thing, but didn’t go as far as to validate what Blair was talking about.
- Danny talked about both Pigmy Love Circus and ZAUM and in particular the likelihood of either releasing something new. He didn’t discount the idea, nor are there any current plans.
That’s about it for now. Nothing to groundbreaking, but a good listen regardless.
When a link for the full podcast becomes available I’ll try and remember to post it..
Here’s the link to the podcast.
Danny is set to appear with Blair on the Children of Saturn radio show where, according the blurb below we may get an update on Tool songwriting:
DANNY TO BE A GUEST ON THE “CHILDREN OF SATURN” RADIO PROGRAM ON MONDAY NIGHT
DANNY and I will be Rynne’s guests on her “CHILDREN OF SATURN” internet RADIO program on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (6 PM – 8 PM PST). Among other topics involving the strange and unusual, we will be reminiscing about our adventures at Rennes-le-Chateau in the south of France that we somehow managed to survive back in the mid 1990s. We will also play some select tunes, and YES!, I will ask Danny (or ask Rynne to ask Danny) how things are proceeding with the writing of the next TOOL album.
TUNE IN TO “THE CHILDREN OF SATURN”
Should be an interesting show – Rynne normally plays some good tunes,so get on line for what should hopefully be a good Tool update.
Blair published the October 2014 Tool newsletter not long ago (after a short delay due to an overly “frightening” one being drafted earlier) in which he discusses Rance Q. Spartley and a cursed signed Tool drumhead. For those of you with little patience for Blair’s work, I urge you to not bother reading it and take your complaints elsewhere. There seems to be little if any Tool news (though Rance is quite often used as a metaphor for Tool touring – something I suspect is unlikely for a while yet).
There was also an interesting picture (below) and allegedly a 99c drumhead for sale (now out of stock!).
Danny Carey has some new merchandise on his website, this being a basketball-style jersey:
Coming up with the design for DANNY’S latest shirt was somewhat of a no-brainer. What does the Tool drummer feel most comfortable wearing while performing shows? The answer, of course, being sports jerseys from his favorite teams (such as his beloved KU Jayhawks), with at other times tee shirts replete with esoteric symbolism. So, we combined these at times disparate elements to create a unique hybrid – a purple sports jersey with a few magickal touches. Thus, MERCH unveils the CAREY RHYTHM 93, a HIGH QUALITY CUSTOM MEN’S JERSEY to be worn or displayed in a frame.
CUSTOM MEN’S JERSEY, MADE IN GERMANY
POLYESTER ENGINEERED CLIMACOOL MESH
ORIGINAL DESIGN, T-NECK, AND K-TEX PATTERN
4 THREAD-OVERLOCK STITCH PATTERN TO ENSURE SUPERIOR STRENGTH AND DURABILITY
THERMAL SUBLIMATION – PRINT WON’T FADE OR DETERIORATE,
WHILE FABRIC REMAINS BREATHABLE
It’s an interesting bit of merch, and given Danny loves sport to too surprising to see one of these on the market. They cost $93 each or $156 if you want one signed by the great man. You can pre-order them on the Danny Carey website (they won’t be ready until December 8th).
Update: Pre-order before November the 3rd, and you can receive free shipping (US only) using the code RHYTHM
Adam has posted another photo with the tag #SmokeOnTheHorizon this time a shot of all four members of Tool in the newly refurbished Loft. Presumably they’re listing to some material for the new album, and Maynard is either starting his lyrical process, or is listening to the progress so far.
It’s hard to get too excited considering all the delays we’ve had, but it finally looks as though we have some solid progress in the songwriting department. Who knows, maybe they’ll even hit the studio before the year is out?
As we all know, Maynard has contributed to The Flaming Lips next album With A Little Help From My Fwends. It’s an album of Beatles covers and features Maynard on the track Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite. You can stream it on NPR.
There’s also an interesting interview with Maynard and the members of the Flaming Lips where they talk about the track. It’s worth a watch:
New Zealand instrumental post-rock band, and regular Tool touring buddies Jakob are preparing to release their long awaited new LP Sines in a couple of days. These guys joined Tool on tour Down Under in 2011 and then again for a show in NZ in 2013. Justin even joined them on-stage in a memorable set at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. In a recent interview with Off The Tracks they talked about meeting Adam for the first time:
“we meet Tool. Which was, you know, huge. We’re all big fans of the band, we played that stuff in school and they were one of the bands to follow, you know. Jakob actually played Tool covers in school. So we’re playing on the bill with Isis, in L.A. at the Troubadour, it’s the last gig of the tour and we’re the first of three bands on the bill so we’ve got five minutes before we are due to play. And Adam [Jones] from Tool comes into the Green Room – which is this mezzanine where you can look down onto the bands Jakob 1that are playing – and he introduces himself. And then we’re offered to tour with Tool. We’re like ‘fuck yeah!’ – but our visa was due to run out right then. So we had to say no. Which was tough obviously, really gutting”.
You can pre-order the new album either on iTunes or via Bandcamp below:
Details have emerged of a documentary about The Melvins: The Colossus of Destiny – A Melvins Tale. There is a blurb on their website, but due to some really shitty HTML I’m unable to copy and paste it easily. Essentially this is described as “an up to date visual documentation and celebration of the band The Melvins”.
Going by some of the screenshots on the site it appears it will feature David Yow, Mark Arm, John Stanier, some dudes from Soundgarden and probably some other 90s grunge rockers I don’t recognise. I’d imagine there’s half a chance Adam would make an appearance as well.
Here’s a teaser trailer:
Adam posted a shot from (hopefully) the Loft’s whiteboard today with the hashtag #SmokeOnTheHorizon. Will there be fire where there is smoke?
Update: And a follow-up from Maynard:
It was reported several months ago that Tool were facing a legal battle related with Cam De Leon‘s work with the band, and the insurance associated with that legal action. Legal documents were found, and discussed both here and other forums online. For some the legalese used was a little overwhelming and it wasn’t necessarily clear what was actually going on.
Trademark Nerd have created for us a summary of the legal case in language that is a little easier for the typical Tool fan to understand. Not to say that you guys are stupid or anything…
Anyway, the legal action will be unfolding in the coming months, and hopefully out the way early next year. Hopefully in the meantime the members of Tool can take advantage of the time prior to the holidays to nail down a few more tracks on their coming album!