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Adam talks Tool with Metal Hammer

Metal Hammer asked Adam a few questions about the legal issues facing Tool, as well as an update of sorts on the new album:

Speaking of writing music, how is the new material coming along and what kind of direction is it taking?

“We’re always on an experimental path. We never think about what worked on the last record or what’s good on the radio right now. It’s a selfish process, we just go in there with some riffs. We experiment and the riffs start to take a different path and over time, this riff from last week might go really well with this riff from two years ago. We piece stuff together, almost like a film soundtrack, you know? But I’ll tell you this – there’s a lot of stuff in 7/4. Breaking up 7 can sound like an even number to the listener even though it’s an odd number, that’s really exciting. Rosetta Stoned had some elements of that where we had a middle break and the end rhythm of 7 against 5. It kinda opens up a whole can of worms! There’s some really light stuff going on but there’s also a lot of heavy stuff in there too.”

If there’s one thing that can be said about Tool records, it’s that they’re always worth the wait… any idea on when it will be ready?

“Ah man, I really appreciate that. It’s refreshing to be interviewed by someone that loves music and actually knows about our band. Some of the journalists we’ve dealt with… it’s been insulting to be interviewed by people that don’t bother following music or even seem to like it at all – it’s just a gig for them to get a paycheck. This lawsuit has really gotten in the way, all we want to do is get it behind us so we can focus on what we do best. I don’t want to just get it out and worry about the next record, then look back and go, ‘Why did I do that? It’s a piece of crap.’ I want to sleep well at night, it’s my legacy you know? Some day, I’m gonna croak and I wanna look back on what I did and go, ‘I worked really hard, took the time and had integrity.’ I know our fans are frustrated and obviously want to hear new music. You gotta look at that in a good way and think, ‘Wow – they really like us and they want more!’ To be honest, you can’t beat that feeling at all.”

You can read the full interview here.

Tool outline legal woes and update us on song-writing

In a lengthy Tool interview with Rolling Stone, Adam and Danny outline the legal woes that have drained their time, resources and creativity over the last 7 years:

“And it’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us,” Jones adds. “And the fans are all going, ‘We want a new Tool album. What the fuck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand.

“But the point is, we’re fighting the good fight,” he continues. “We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy. We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit.”

They also talk about progress in song-writing and tell us how the current work is coming together:

In fact, “heavy” is a word both band members use to describe their new sounds. “Sometimes I feel we get a little too proggy or too into exploring time signatures but not getting heavy enough for my taste,” Jones says. “There are some good nose-bleeding riffs happening, and I’m really happy about that. It’s not out-of-the-gate crazy heavy, but there are these little journeys with nice paths that end up very heavy.”

“It’s all a little more ‘metal’ sounding, if I may,” Carey says with a laugh. “I’m having fun drumming on it. There is one other song [beyond the 10-minute tune] that I would say is pretty much there. It’s another one that’s pretty gnarly with some good double-kick [drumming] going on in it.”

It’s a great article, and while not necessarily full of good news, it is nice to hear some substantial news in regards to song-writing on the album.

Thanks to the dozens of you who emailed me links to the article – these things always come out when I’m asleep!

Adam posts new Hooker jam

Things are slow at the moment. Maybe even the calm before the storm. In order to help pass the time, Adam has posted a recent recording of him playing a new jam for Hooker with a Penis:

It’s not much, but it’s something right?

Adam Jones and King Buzzo project emerges

Found in a toilet at the recent show in Houston was a CD claiming to be from an Adam Jones and King Buzzo project called Bleeder. It seems to be related to the Instagram video Adam posted back in February.

Here’s what is published on the Tool Army Members Facebook page (thanks to Kat for the tip):

This little gem was found in a bathroom at Toyota Centre Houston at the Tool concert.

The Silver.
The ‘Y’ Incision’, part of the Cal McDonald series, is experimenting with an audio accompaniment to enhance the reading experience. Jones will be composing and producing, whilst it’s up to Buzzo to perform the musical segments. Bloody Pulp Books are publishing the effort.

It comes with a photo of the CD as well:

And a clip of the track can be found on Youtube:

It was King Buzzo’s 50th birthday on the 25th of March, so could be a birthday present of sorts…

Adam reported as saying the new album is 100% finished?

In news just at hand, it’s being reported on some sites that Adam has mentioned at VIP sessions that the album is 100% finished, and will be released later this year. From an article from Aussie site Crave Online:

At a pre-show VIP meet & greet in Portland, OR on Thursday afternoon on the band’s current tour, guitarist Adam Jones confirmed to our exclusive source that the alien-prog rock maestros’ new album is “100% done” and should arrive later this year. Aside from a mention of different time signatures than their previous work, there is no other information to report at the moment. The confirmation is certainly enough to get pulses racing, however.

Potentially very exciting news for impatient Tool fans, but let’s wait for something a little more official for now…

Update: for now this sounds like it’s 100% bs…

Adam donates doodled Tool posters to Clive Barker Kickstarter

It appears Adam is a big fan of Clive Barker‘s work, and when Clive recently used Kickstarter to fund a new project of his, Adam was on hand to help out:

Adam is a collector of Clive’s work- and even better, an incredibly nice guy. He’s a rare blend of talent, brilliance, enthusiasm, and gentle insight, and hearing him talk about art reveals why his own success as an artist isn’t an accident.

Adam is a massive creative force himself, and in addition to his musical talents is a gifted artist in multiple mediums.

These tour posters were illustrated and designed by Adam, and to make them even more special they were autographed by all four band members.

And is if that wasn’t enough, Adam took some time yesterday to draw on each poster to make it something absolutely unique to this campaign to raise funds for archiving and sharing Clive’s inspirational artwork.

The four posters are available as single tiers on the Kickstarter project, each one having it’s own price starting at $700 with a special double poster going for $1500. At time of writing none of these have yet sold.

Update: It appears that they have all sold!

Adam posts something…

Adam posted a video on Instagram and Facebook this morning hinting at some kind of remix with King Buzzo:

King Buzz & jones remix while monitoring infrared oscillating robot cradle baby’ness #KingBuzzo #kingBuzz #BleedeR

It sounds like something Tool may have played around with between songs, and also has some ambient noise which may or may not be the sound of an audience. Is this part of the curveball? Some kind of Live DVD? Salival 2?

Adam posts 3D printing video

Adam posted an interesting video on Facebook today. It seems to show some form of 3D printing, and includes the caption “A hail stone storm ~ New Pre Production ~ thank you #Ultimaker3dPrinter“.

Not sure if this is in any way Tool related, but the video does seem to show the subject of the printing, and while it’s quite vague, it could well be the head of some type of figure. Perhaps Tool are looking at releasing some replica’s of character from their videos?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see if and when they get around to announcing this “curveball”…