John Z from Volto! has given us an update on the coming album via Facebook, posting the back cover of an advance CD, as well as hinting at the date 23rd of July. It’s probably a safe assumption that the date mentioned is the release date for their new album, which according to the cover will be distributed by the Concord Music Group:
It’s also been revealed that Maynard‘s Caduceus winery is contributing to a combined wine called Kindred. From the article:
It was wine used as conversation starter. Four Arizona winemakers figured they could use the collaboration as an excuse to get together and talk regularly.
The resulting wine, Kindred, might also spark conversation among Arizona oenophiles.
Kindred is a project of winemakers from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Caduceus Cellars and Callaghan Vineyards. Each winery donated a barrel of wine to the project, the contents of which were poured into a tank.
Keenan embraced the idea, not only to work with other winemakers, but also to show the buying public that the region had matured.
“It drives home the idea … that the state is valid when you see the winemakers kind of standing together,” Keenan said. “Up until now, it’s a new region, so everybody’s been fighting for their space on the playground a little bit. Once we get over those growing pains a bit, we can show that it’s better if we’re marching forward, arms locked.”
Danny was born waaaaaay back on May 10, 1961 (at least according to Wikipedia) and today, being the 52nd anniversary of his entry to this world, it is customary, at least on Fourtheye, to post a video of his finest work. Today’s video, is a version of Jambi from last weeks show in Adelaide. It features some nice work from Danny and his machinery. Those still waiting to see Tool in Japan may want to skip the video in order to avoid spoilers – you’ve been warned!
There was a flurry of interviews with Tool earlier this year, and we were promised ones with Danny and Maynard via New Zealand’s Rip It Up magazine. Finally those interviews have appeared on line for your reading pleasure. Here’s an excerpt:
You probably get sick of questions about how the record’s going, but – I mean you’re in a studio making new material, then you’re preparing to tour with older stuff – how does all that sync up in your brain?
We are really just in a rehearsal space at this point, we never really get into a proper studio until everything is completely written, then we book time and knock out the recording process as quickly as possible. So we’re still like in the writing mode. So we’re in the rehearsal space here, so we start our rehearsals playing through the old songs to get the cobwebs out of those: we have a gig coming up, then we start working on the new things. So that works out OK, that way.
I read in a recent interview that you’re working on, I guess, the “Lateralus” of this album – your big song that’s going to define the whole record – how’s that coming?
Um: really good. I mean we’re still – believe it or not! – still working on it [laughter] – it’s like an ever-evolving thing, it’s probably going to turn into a thing that’s like, uh, a big trilogy type of feel to it, sort of life, just like Disposition and Intension and Triad, like on the Lateralus record or something. It will probably be over a 20-minute piece when it’s all finished, so it will be a good part of the record. We’re dealing with it in sections, but it’s coming together really well, we’re having lots of fun working on it, that’s for sure.
Interesting interviews, though it doesn’t really cover much we haven’t already read.
Blair has posted the April 2013 Tool Newsletter, and it doesn’t have anything particularly exciting for Tool fans (ie no new album news). It does feature and interesting question regarding Truckfighters, as well as some clarification regard a few things with the Opiate reissue:
Q: “Hi! Don’t know who to contact really, maybe you could help me in the right direction? Just checking will TOOL release new material soon? Hopefully they will tour a lot then? I play in a band called Truckfighters, we’ve done over 500 liveshows in Europe, USA, South America and soon also Australia/New Zealand. We will release our fourth record in JAN 2014 on SONY music in Scandinavium and Fuzzorama in the rest of the world. Would love to discuss and opening slot for TOOL, we can do anything to make it happen. We’re professional musicians and know how things work.”
A: How long would it take you and the fellows to get to Australia – once you’ve acquired the necessary AEMU suits, that is? On second though, that new beast of Danny’s sounds pretty damn cool! (Hey, a nice little plug for the band anyway.)
Crow and Badkittygothgirl informed me this afternoon Danny appears to be using a new synth on the coming Tool tour:
Update: Part 2 of the video has arrived and without further ado:
From the video’s description:
This is the Plan B Toolbox Modular Synthesizer, built for Danny Carey of Tool which will make it’s public debut with Tool on Saturday, April 27 at the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia – replacing the iconic Synthi AKS Danny has been using for nine years. This was filmed in Danny’s studio just before it was packed into it’s road case for the trip. Instrumentation of the synth is as follows:
Subcon/Plan B Model 15 VCO
Plan B Model 15 VCO (x2)
Plan B Model 39 Wave Splicer
Subcon/Plan B Model 37 Utility VCO/LFO
Plan B Model 9 Mixer
Plan B Model 7 ELF Panner
Output module (power) outputs/levels , light
Plan B Model 10 Envelope Generator (x2)
Plan B Model 12 Vactrol Filter
Plan B Model 11 Evil Twin Bandpass Filter
Plan B Model 13 Dual Timbral Gates
Plan B Model 25 Multi-Tasking Audio Processor (attenuator/waveshaper, VC, Ring Modulator)
Plan B Model 23 Analog Shift Register
Plan B Model 28 Programmable Tap Clock
Plan B Model 14 Dual Voltage Processor/Crossfader
Plan B Model 26 Multi-Tasking Control Processor (boolean gates, voltage mirror, portemento)
Plan B Model 24 Heisenberg Generator (slopped and arbitrary random voltage generators)
Plan B Model 21C Mini Milton Sequencer
Make Noise Phonogene
Make Noise Echophon
Intellijel Korgmatrom FIlter
Plan B Model 10 Envelope Generator
Plan B Model 21 Buffered Multiple
Case built by Chas Smith
Looking forward to the various bleeps and bloops that it will emit come showtime…
A couple of things I’ve come across this morning. Firstly Billy Howerdel‘s other band Ashes Divide, who feature Jeff Friedl and Mat McJunkins from Puscifer are playing a show at The Satellite in LA on May 8th. Carina Round is also on the bill. You can find more detail here. Thanks to fortysixand2 for the tip.
Like many of us, I watched the new Superman trailer yesterday. It didn’t spark much interest for me, but I was reminded by Metal Sucks this morning that Danny is on the soundtrack with 12 other drummers. Someone has prepared a version of the trailer with the dialogue turned down so that you may appreciate the music a little more (note due to work restrictions I’m yet to actually watch this!). Let us all know what you think in the comments!
There hasn’t been an announcement, but several Fourtheye readers have notified me that both Adam’s and Danny’s interview with Blair have been published. The one with Adam appears in the last newsletter on Toolband. It’s largely a reprint of what has already been talked about in other interviews.
Danny’s, found on his website, is a little more interesting, and he talks about his work on Opiate and hints at some of the esoteric meanings behind the release.
Sick of Tool interviews yet? I know I feel like I’ve spent all day reading and posting them. This one is from The Rock FM which is a New Zealand radio station. Tracy had a chat to Danny about a range of topics which you can listen to here. For those not willing/able to listen, here are the main points:
Danny has recently done some recording with Jason Bonham and 12 other drummers for the upcoming Superman movie
There is plenty of material recorded, and footage available for a live album/DVD. It’s not on the radar at the moment but will probably happen sometime in the future.
They’re trying to concentrate on the new album for now, and Justin seems to be the main driving force behind this particular album
Tool hoped to play in Christchurch as well, but a lack of a suitable venue not earthquake damaged was a problem.
Danny still hopes they can release a new album this year
Interesting interview, it’s only 6:32 and is worth your time.
davidbowiedavidbowie from Reddit posted this video up from Youtube earlier today, which features a new jam with Danny, Larry Lalonde (Primus), Matt Stone (South Park) and Stewart Copeland (The Police). From what I understand the track is called Blotto Mondo and was recorded at Copeland’s house/studio. Danny contributes some percussion, including the triangle, in what is an interesting video:
John Ziegler from Volto! posted the recent Incitare review from Rhythm Magazine on his Facebook page today. He commented that while the specific released date was to be announced, it should be mid March. Hopefully this turns out to be true! Here’s the review: