Looks like Tool have hit the studio, with Adam sharing a post via Instagram. Interesting to note that Billy Howerdel is in London doing A Perfect Circle media work at the moment, and Instagram suggests that Maynard is also in Europe.
Adam suggested earlier that Maynard will join the for 3 weeks in March, I assume those three weeks will be towards the end of the month.
Maynard has given us a refreshing clear answer as to the status of the new Tool album on Twitter this morning, and while it sound like progress is positive, I think we can safely rule out a release in the near future, and probably not until next year:
Started getting music files from the boys w the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging. That in theory means the tracks wont change out from under me while I’m trying to write stories and melodies to them. In theory. Still waiting for the FINAL on 1,
So it sounds like the album is getting close to done from a songwriting perspective, but still not recorded at all. Given that A Perfect Circle are about to embark on some more touring in support of Eat The Elephant, I think it’s a safe assumption that we won’t see Tool recording until late 2018, which means promises of a release this year probably aren’t going to come to bear.
Slightly late update this week, but I’ve been busy! In this weeks edition:
Justin the Goblin Master
Maynard – The Work of Art Part 3
Albums of the Week: Chelsea Wolfe, Propagandhi, Dalek & Primus
Justin the Goblin Master
Justin Chancellor features on the new Primus album The Desaturating Seven as the Goblin Master, which I believe you can hear on the first track The Valley.
Maynard – The Art of Work Part 3
The third part of the Art of Work videos featuring Maynard James Keenan is on the Revolver website. Check it out!
Albums of the Week
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Not quite as good as the last one, but this doom album is not like many others you’ve heard
Propagandhi – Victory Lap
These guys are one of the best punk bands going around and have been a favorite of mine for many years. This album is probably some way off their best, but still worth a listen if political punk is your thing
Dälek- Endangered Philosophies
Dälek supported Tool in the dim dark past, and have put out another album full of noisy, industrial sounding rap.
Primus – The Desaturing Seven
Primus go full prog on an album that is similar in vein to the last Charlie and the Chocolate Factory one. It’s a much better effort, though feels quite short.
Things are moving so slowly in Tool land at the moment, I’ve run out of material (and motivation) for regular posts. So while Tool are in stealth mode (likely for the rest of the year I expect) rather than bombarding you with with stuff that is only somewhat interesting, I’ll do a weekly update. This update will include Tool related stuff, relevant side projects, and even a few updates from bands that have supported Tool, or I feel would generally interest Fourtheye readers.
In this weeks episode:
Justin gets a new bass
The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan
The Melvins rate legal weed
Got anything that might interest Fourtheye readers? Let me know!
Justin gets a new bass
Adam posted on Instagram a pic of Justin with his new Warwick bass.
Maynard James Keenan spoke with Joe Rogan on his podcast this week, and covers a range of the usual topics you’d expect – wine making, fighting, discipline, the music industry, his love for cross-stitching and of course, Tool. As with Maynard’s other chats with Rogan, it’s an interesting listen, and great to hear him speak in a more relaxed, between friends manner than the usual defensive style taken with clickbait focused music journalists.
But let’s face it, Tool is what most of us want to know about (that bit starts at around the 1:22 mark on the video embedded below). Specifically Maynard discusses frustrations, but also understanding and acceptance of the current writing process. He also mentions that there are several tracks ready for vocals, and others in the works as well. Though nothing is complete yet, he does mention that he had worked on vocals for a track, only to find when he returned to the band it had changes so much they were no longer relevant.
I came away from the interview feeling pretty good about where the album is at. It appeared to me that Maynard feels good about what has been written so far. There are obvious frustrations, but he seems at peace with where it’s at. Some question if we’ll ever see another album from Tool, but for me this interview definitely made me feel it’s more of a “when” situation rather than “if”
So, my take on all this is that songwriting continues. It’s not going to wind up any time soon. I don’t think anyone should have expectations of Tool recording anytime this year. I’d go so far as to say we’re unlikely to see a Tool album before this time next year.
A Perfect Circle are doing another round of touring this fall with dates in October, November and December; kicking off with the previously mentioned Aftershock Festival. Tickets go on sale this Friday:
This morning A Perfect Circle have been announced as part of the lineup for the 2017 Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California. They will play on October 21st with acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Mastodon, Gojira and Code Orange. Not a bad lineup at all!
Heading over the NYC for the Tool show at the Governors Ball? Then perhaps you’re interested in attending a wine tasting run by the good people at Some Good Wine. Maynard will be there to tell some tales, and generally assist fueling your alcoholism. Tickets are limited to 20 per session, so it’s a pretty intimate setting!
What: Maynard James Keenan Wine Seminar & Tasting at Some Good Wine
Date: Saturday June 3rd
Time: 3PM session & 4:30PM session
Where: Some Good Wine- 13 E. 8th Street, NY NY 10003
Cost: $50 (includes $20 in wine store credit)
Details: Many celebrities have attached their name to a wine but only one can claim to actually be the winemaker. Apart from being the lead singer of Tool and A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan is slowly becoming one of America’s newest rising wine stars with a wide array of amazing new wines out of both Arizona and New Mexico. Maynard is creatively exploring the vast terroir of these regions and experimenting with some incredibly diverse and eccentric grapes to make some world class white and reds, that Some Good Wine has proudly carried for 3 years. On Saturday, June 3rd, we are honored to have Maynard join us for an afternoon of storytelling and wine tasting in our private event space. Tickets are limited and on a first come, first served basis.
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 Circleboth release an album in 2018?