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Weekly Update 14-May-2018

Another quick weekly update for the Fourtheye faithful!  If you’re one of those lucky enough to go to a Tool show/clinic in the next week and want to avoid spoilers, you should stop reading!

In this weeks edition:

  • Billy & Maynard Wig shopping
  • Setlists and Q&A from Tool Music Clinics
  • New music- Wrong, Skinless, Rivers of Nihil, Sleep

Billy & Maynard Wig shopping

Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle have filmed a short, somewhat funny video for Revolver where they joke around in a wig shop.  It’s not really champagne comedy, but worth a watch.

Setlists and Q&A from Tool Music Clinics

There’s a bunch of posts on Reddit which goes into detail what happened at the recent Tool Music Clinics.  For the most part they sound like a cross between the standard Tool VIP experience, and an intimate instrumental only show.  There’s a pretty cool Mega Thread happening on Reddit which covers and range of questions asked at the first clinic.  Some interesting snippets of info!

At the Northern Invasion Tool show last night, the setlist was more or less the same as we’ve seen the last few years, with a nice addition of Sober.  No doubt a range of videos will pop up on Youtube over the coming days.  Adi Granov provided the artwork for the show.  I’d wager that the show next weekend will have the same artwork

Here’s a few links worth checking out:

New music worth checking out!

  • Do you like Helmet? Wrong sound a lot like an old, angry version of that band, and their albums strays very close to out right copying them at times. They have a new album called Feel Great, and great it is!

  • Skinless are a pretty hard hitting death metal band.  Brutal even.  Their latest album Savagery is a great listen for fans of the genre

  • Also in the Death Metal genre are Rivers of Nihil, though they have a bit more of a prog metal thing going.  Their latest Where Owls Know My Name is well worth a listen!

  • Stoner metal legends Sleep surprised us with an album about the same time as A Perfect Circle released theirs.  You can stream The Sciences here.

Salival.fr interview with Maynard James Keenan biographer Sarah Jensen

An interesting interview came across my desk this morning, refreshingly nothing to do with A Perfect Circle’s new album.  Christophe from Salival.fr recently interview A Perfect Union of Contrary Things author Sarah Jensen, and asked her a bunch of questions about the process used to write the bio.

Here’s a sneak peek:

What was your approach here?
Maynard and I agreed early on that this wouldn’t be a typical rock-star biography. It wouldn’t be a book about Tool or a tell-all, but the story of Maynard’s journey. It hopefully would show that everyone’s life is a journey, and that the outcomes depend on the choices they make.

Did you meet Maynard for the content, phone him?
Maynard and I live on opposite sides of the country, so every Sunday we got on the phone, and he told me another chapter of his life. During the week, I worked on turning it into a story. He reviewed everything I wrote, and had final approval over it all.

Were there things more difficult to discuss with him, as there are some sensitive events depicted?
Maynard and I trust each other. That trust meant we could be open and honest with each other. We didn’t shy away from talking about sensitive areas, because it was all done to make the best book we could. Like he says: “If you’re going to do something, you do it. (…) You do it for the art.”

In case you haven’t checked out the book yet, check out my thoughts on it here!

 

Maynard chats with Lars and other Eat the Elephant related interviews

Plenty of Maynard James Keenan in the press at the moment, the most interesting of which are a chat with Lars Ulrich from Metallica, and a piece for The Australian.

Firstly, Maynard speaks in a video interview with Lars Ulrich.  It’s a reasonable broad interview, touching on A Perfect Circle, as well as it’s relationship with the other bands in Maynard’s arsenal:

Also out in the last week, Andrew McMillen from The Australian had a pretty insightful chat with Maynard about the construction of Eat The Elephant:

Well, to put it another way, then. Do you recall which song went through the most revisions from the time that Billy initially sent the musical idea to you?

Oh, jeez. All of them. Yeah, they all evolve so much. Then we go down blind alleys, turn around and come back. Yeah, I don’t know. They all go through so many changes, and those changes can be quick, it might be like we mentioned; it could be that the music went through a million changes and all of a sudden, the lyrics came almost overnight, once it was settled.

You’re unique as a lyricist in that sense that you juggle writing for three different, popular bands. Do you have any personal rules or criteria that you use to determine whether a thought or idea would be best expressed through each of these outlets, and not the others?

No, never. It’s all about the music. It’s all about conversations. The way you speak to your mother is far different than the way you speak to your college roommate, or a bartender, or the mailman. You just honour those conversations that are in front of you; those subject matters, that music, it’ll all take that direction.

Stay tuned for my thoughts on Eat The Elephant sometime later today!

 

Adam posts on Tool’s first day in the studio

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.

~ Day 1 📀

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Maynard confirms status of new Tool album

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:

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.

Weekly Update 4-Oct-2017

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.

Weekly Update 11-Sept-2017

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.

~ S o m e b o d y ~ got a new custom bass ~ sounds so amazing*

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Some of you may notice the whiteboard behind, suggesting that perhaps they’re working on new stuff.  Frequent AJ followers on Instagram may have also noticed

The Art of Work, with Maynard James Keenan

Maynard is featuring in a number of short episodes recorded for the Revolver website, in which he discusses a range of topics – mostly about what inspires him to make music and wine.

Part 3 and 4 are yet to arrive, but keep your eyes peeled

The Melvins rate Legal Weed

The Melvins are always good for a laugh, and this interview for Pitchfork media has a few solid chuckles:

Don’t forget they have a newish album A Walk with Love & Death (which isn’t bad).  And Dale has a solo album called The Fickle Finger of Fate (which is better).

Maynard talks Tool and other things with Joe Rogan

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 announce Fall tour

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:

October 21 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
October 23 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
October 25 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
October 26 El Paso, TX UTEP Don Haskins Center
October 30 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena
November 1 Fairfax, VA EagleBank Arena
November 2 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
November 4 Reading, PA Santander Arena
November 5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
November 7 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
November 8 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
November 10 Portland, ME Cross Insurance Center
November 11 Albany, NY Times Union Center
November 12 Syracuse, NY The Oncenter
November 14 Montreal, QC Place Bell
November 15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University
November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University
November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena
November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion
November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum
December 1 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

A Perfect Circle play Aftershock in CA

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!

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