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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.

Maynard talks Puscifer and APC with Artist Direct

There’s a new interview with Maynard online where he discusses the recent A Perfect Circle and coming Puscifer releases on Artist Direct. No huge revelations in the interview, but here’s a snippet anyway:

Did you get closer to the A Perfect Circle music by playing all of the songs live? Many artists don’t ever get that chance.

Well, you know your body changes as you age. To go back and re-look at those songs basically in a different skin definitely gives you perspective. I sing differently than I did when I recorded those songs. So, it was difficult to go back and try to re-shape my throat to make those sounds. It was definitely a learning experience, in terms of where I am with my vocal approaches, subject matter, and everything.

Maynard also hints that “there’s always music being written. You never know. All of that is happening.

Waiting for new Tool music is as tedious for Maynard as it is Tool fans

As is the norm, Tool news arrived while I wasn’t able to post it (this time in transit between Indonesia and Australia), so I apologise for the slight delay getting this article online. Anyway, Maynard spoke with Rolling Stone recently (not sure how recently) where he talks about writing with his fellow Tool members as a tedious process:

“I don’t write the music. They write the music,” he says of his bandmates. “I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It’s a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process.”

There’s a not a great deal of real information on actual progress on the album, but it is interested, and somewhat comforting to hear Maynard discussing the process that is behind creating a Tool album. Certainly it appears there is frustration there, but then again I don’t think any of the Tool albums have really been a walk in the park for the members of the band.

You can read the full interview on the Rolling Stone website.

Billy Howerdel chats with Alternative Nation

Fourtheye forum member Brett asked us for some questions for Billy a few days back, and he’s delivered some answers as part of his interview with the Perfect Circle guitar player. There are even a few Tool related ones:

My last question, I’ll admit a Tool question again, you mentioned in a recent interview again that Maynard is in full Tool mode and that’s why he can’t do [a new album for] A Perfect Circle right now. Do you mean he’s actually writing with them at this point?
I thought it was common knowledge that those guys are putting out a record next year, so he’s been writing for a bit.

That’s good to hear, because a lot of the news that was coming out that they were basically in the same position that you’ve been at with A Perfect Circle. Just writing the music and waiting for Maynard to come about
Yeah, he’s ‘in demand’ I should say.

A great interview well worth checking out!

Also another track, The Hollow from the Live DVD has been released on Loudwire.

Maynard discusses new album progress with Marc Maron

The Marc Maron interview with Maynard is now online, and surprisingly features some good news for Tool fans:

I’m gonna stop by the rehearsal space today in theory, I’ve been beating them up going please give me music. In theory they have a cd for me today so I can listen to some jams and we can get this thing going.

In other discussion:

  • Maynard seems quite aware that some fans think he hates Tool.
  • Tool having a frontman doesn’t make sense – he sees it more as a team.
  • He talks about growing up in michigan with his father, and various family relationships including mother and step-father.
  • Briefly discusses his autobiography.
  • Talks about his experiences in the military, and decision to not go to West Point.
  • Discusses various bands and art projects worked on in Michigan.
  • Doesn’t want to do a Joni Mitchell cover – “I’ve already got enough shit for doing covers”.
  • Discusses relationship with Bill Hicks.
  • Talks about making wines in Arizona.

Here’s the good news for those of you who don’t care about the non-Tool details.

Danny updates us on the next Tool album

Loudwire has a chat with Danny recently, mainly about Volto! (that part of the interview is yet to be released) however they did canvass him about the next Tool album, and the chances of it coming out in 2013:

“It’s still the three of us right now and four of us it will be soon, you know, just working on all our parts and working on our compositions together,” Carey says, referring to Keenan’s current absence from the recording sessions. “Stylistically, we’re trying to push things in different ways, but it always comes out sounding like Tool no matter what we’re trying to do. We’re working everyday on it and it’s going really well, so I’m hoping we’ll get into the studio by the end of the year.”

When we asked about a possible 2013 release date for the album, Carey responded, “I doubt it. Right now, since we haven’t started tracking stuff at this point, it’ll be hard. We could have the record finished by the end of the year — that’s a possibility, but the logistics of getting it manufactured and getting the record company in line and all this stuff, I doubt we’ll be able to get it out before Christmas. We’ll see how it goes. Most likely, it’ll be early 2014.”

I think most of us knew by now 2013 was always going to be a long shot, so no real surprises there. Positive for me is that statement where Danny says “four of us it will be soon”. That suggests to me that with Maynard soon to join proceedings, this length songwriting saga is finally approaching completion. While I’m not 100% confident they’ll record this year, this is a step in the right direction.

Thanks to all those who emailed me the news!

Mudhoney Interview Melvins

Mark Arm from grunge band Mudhoney has interviewed King Buzzo from the Melvins to help celebrate their 30th Anniversary. It’s a great interview and here’s a snippet for you all:

Mark: Have you ever dabbled in the ‘Dark Arts,’ the Occult, Witchcraft, Blackface? Are your souls spoken for, or can we have them?
Buzz: Of course! I sold my soul to the devil decades ago and look how well it’s worked out! I’m at the pinnacle of success! The highest possible point of the rock’n’roll garbage heap! I love that occult shit. Himmler was deeply involved in all of that teenage black arts crap and it didn’t do him a bit of good. He went from chicken farmer to genocide to suicide in almost no time at all. Perfect. In reality though the best part about all that witchcraft, dark arts nonsense are the Goth chicks! Now you’re talking! Listen babe, you can keep the thigh high leather stilettos and the rubber mini skirt but you have to shove that Anton LaVey book up your ass.

The Melvins also recently announced tour dates to celebrate:

07/12 – Phoenix, Ariz.@ Crescent Ballroom
07/13 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ The Launchpad
07/15 – Denver, Colo. @ The Summit Music Hall
07/17 – Omaha, Neb. @ The Waiting Room
07/18 – Rock Island, Ill. @ Rock Island Brewing Company
07/20 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Bash 13 (Grumpy’s) *
07/21 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Turner Hall Ballroom **
07/22 – Chicago, Ill. @ Double Door
07/23 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Firebird
07/25 – Cleveland, Ohio @ The Grog Shop
07/26 – Detroit, Mich. @ Small’s
07/27 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ The Westcott Theater
07/29 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club
07/30 – Hartford, Conn. @ Arch Street Tavern
07/31 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Venue TBA
08/01 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Underground Arts
08/02 – Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar
08/03 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
08/04 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
08/05 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Loft at Center Stage Atlanta
08/07 – New Orleans, La. @ One Eyed Jack’s
08/08 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live – Studio
08/09 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk
08/10 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
08/13 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Club Sound
08/14 – Boise, Idaho @ Neurolux
08/16 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neumo’s
08/19 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
08/20 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
08/22 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Slim’s

And don’t forget that Mudhoney have a new album out as well, it’s excellent and you can grab it here!