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A Perfect Circle sign with BMG

A Perfect Circle have signed with record label BMG with Billy Howerdel telling us:

We just signed a new record deal with BMG! Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!

A few music sites around the place were pretty quick to jump on the idea that A Perfect Circle would have an album out in 2017.  Maynard pretty quickly hosed down those suggestions with a typically to the point Twitter post:

My thoughts are that unless APC have an album in the bag, it seems unlikely that a 2017 release will happen.  With an A Perfect Circle and Tool tour in the coming months, I find it a little hard to believe either band will find the time to record before Maynard’s wine harvest duties commence.

Sure, they may have written some songs, and could be well down the track towards recording, but there doesn’t seem to be any suggestion they have yet.  It feels very similar to the Tool situation to me – plenty of songwriting, and possibly even some songs done but no actual confirmation of recording happening.

My expectation is that maybe we’ll see a single or EP by years end, with possibly a new song or two in the tour setlist, and then a new full length sometime in 2018.

The question is of course – can Tool and A Perfect Circle both release an album in 2018?

 

Tool in discussions with streaming services?

Yesterday I saw an article on Bloomberg regarding Tool being in discussion with streaming services to get their material onto Spotify, Apple Music, etc.  The article tells us:

The rock band Tool is in talks to make its catalog available on streaming services in time for the release of its first album in more than a decade, according to people with knowledge of the matter, marking the end of another high-profile holdout to the music industry’s digital transition.

Members of Tool have been talking to the biggest services, including Spotify and Apple, about the best way to release their music, said the people, who asked not be identified discussing the private negotiations. Lead singer Maynard James Keenan didn’t respond to requests for comment. The music services declined to comment.

My response to this is that it doesn’t come as a great surprise, nor do I really expect this style of release is imminent.  Adam has given enough hints at recent Q&As to suggest that talks have been going on for a while, and so while I expect we will see album in digital mediums on or around the time of the new album coming out, I don’t feel overly confident we’ll see much until then.

Still, the fact that they appear to be considering options for the release of the new album (and their old ones) does show some promise that we’re actually entering the home stretch in regards to it’s production.

Tool’s new “engineer”

Adam Jones shared a cute photo today from the new/temporary/renovated? Loft today of Tool’s new “engineer” at work:

~ *our new engineer 👶🏽❤️🎼💣 #TOOL #theboy

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Before everyone goes and get’s too excited, I’m not suggesting Tool are actually recording at the moment – there’s still no indication Maynard is done with his bits yet, and personally don’t expect to see the band record in earnest until sometime after the tour.

Still, it’s encouraging to see more coming out of the Tool camp, and I think the somewhat positive vibe I’m getting indicates there might be some good progress happening here.  We’ll see!

Danny Carey and the Musical Box

On the weekend I read that Danny Carey was going to be playing at some Genesis related show, and then promptly forgot about it.

Anyway, it did happen and Danny drummed with the Musical Box (who I’ve never heard of) playing a Genesis song “Can-Utility and the Coastliners” (that I’ve also never heard of). Here’s the video:

Interestingly, the singer says Danny told him the new Tool album will be coming “pretty soon”, though I imagine he says that to all the girls.

Maynard finally in Tool songwriting mode?

Blair posted a small update on Toolband today, suggesting that Maynard is finally working on vocals for the next Tool album:

In speaking with Danny last night, he told me that the band has temporarily MOVED some of their gear into a larger space (across town) where MAYNARD is working on VOCALS for some of the new Tool material. I’m sure that he has already been doing this to some extent, but now he has more room to breathe and a better vocal booth.

So good news it seems, and while I still think the album is some way off, it’s good to see some of the roadblocks being removed.  Adam recently posted a snippet of some footage from this not-Loft location, showing mixing desks and other recording related gizmos.  While I don’t think this is necessarily related Tool actually recording anything other than demos, it’s all good signs of progress.

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Adam confirms another track done!

Progress is slow, however some glimmer of light shines through the storm clouds with Adam today confirming that another Tool track is “in the can (minus Vox)”.  So while the album ain’t done yet (and probably is still a way off) at least there seems to be progress!

~ Another arrangement in the can (minus Vox) #onefingerchallenge #Tool song schematic

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Justin speak to Bass Player about the new Tool album

In what is one of the most revealing interviews in the last 10 years, Justin goes into a fair bit of depth into the progress and process behind the new Tool album.  Jon D’Auria from Bass Player speaks at length with Justin Chancellor on what is a insightful read.

While he didn’t want to be drawn into speculation as to when the album will be ready (based in my interpretation we certainly shouldn’t be expecting anything for a while yet) he does go into what and how they write, what some of the set backs have been and how he feels about the expectations of a ravenously loyal fan base:

How sick are you of people asking when it’s going to be done?

It’s understandable, and it’s a compliment that people are excited to hear it. But it’s difficult to hear that and not feel some kind of guilt. All I can say is that we’ll go back Monday and do our best to finish it for you, although that’s not really how it works. But we know the listeners will be happy with it when it’s finished.

How do you, Adam, and Danny typically write together?

Adam and I usually have the source material we’ve come up with together here. We’re playing pretty much nonstop right now, so a lot of ideas are coming out. Often, Danny and I will be playing something and Adam will rush into the room and tell us to record it, and then we’ll spend the rest of the day working on it to see if it’s worthwhile. And of course we have a whole treasure chest of ideas on our phones that we record on our own. Basically, Adam and I have riffs and Danny has rhythms or different time-signature beats, and we try to keep them basic before bringing them in to see what the other members will do with them. We establish a riff so we and the listener can identify it, and then we say, Okay, now how far away from it can we go on this journey?

Well worth the read, so check it out when you have the chance!

Justin Chancellor from Tool speaks to Bass Player about the next Tool album

Justin Chancellor talks about basses and cooking

Justin Chancellor was at the Warwick Bass Camp recently, and took some time to speak with Jakub Milszewski from Top Guitar about Basses, M.T.void, football as well as a sneaky Tool update:

For those not interested in watching the video, and just want the Tool “news”:

just trust me that it’s gonna be awesome…..it’s gonna happen – it’s in the oven, it’s in the oven…..it’s cooking, it’s cooking

Hopefully some kind of solid update from the band isn’t far around the corner.

Tool July 2016 Newsletter

Sorry for the delay, but life’s been pretty busy the last few days! Anyway, the Tool July 2016 Newsletter is now out, and this time around Blair recounts a recent conversation he had with Danny Carey, giving us a few snippets of info on the progress of the new album:

While enjoying his “House Specialty” lasagna to the sounds of an excellent pianist (and master harpist, Mariano Gonzalez!), he added that they were very close to knocking out another tune, and that as soon as it was finished, they would send a recording of it to Maynard. When I asked if this was the song with the REALLY unique time signatures, he told me that they had already finished the music on that one. Okay, admittedly, not exactly stop the press news, but what can I say, other than that they are still grinding away on new material four days a week, and would be back at it later in the week (once Danny returned from the Las Vegas glitz, Justin from celebrating his wedding anniversary and Shelee’s birthday in palm-swaying Hawaii, and Adam hunting for glossy treasures at Comic-Com 2016 in San Diego).

And also:

The other question that I asked Danny concerned the fate of the broken vintage Pepsi machine from the loft – whether or not it had been repaired? Now, here was something that brought a quick response: Yes, he was determined to have it fixed, with or without the ‘original’ parts. Finally, what about the so-called “curveball”, to which he replied that he still wasn’t sure when it would be made available for public consumption, but that “It turned out dang good, though!”

Nothing too revealing, but good to at least hear of some kind of progress, and some suggestion that Maynard is now (or will soon be involved).

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Maynard summed up the recent rumours quite eloquently:

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