Maynard speaks as Eat the Elephant publicity train ramps up

In case you’d forgotten, the new A Perfect Circle album Eat The Elephant comes on April 20, and as we’d expect both Billy and Maynard are featuring quite heavily in various forms of media at the moment as the promote it.  Two of the better articles I’ve come across recently are below.

The first is an interview with Revolver magazine, in which Maynard speaks at length about the writing and recording process for the album:

On Eat the Elephant, Howerdel worked with producer Dave Sardy. And rather than collaborate side-by-side with Keenan on each track from beginning to end, most of the vocals were done in Arizona and engineered by Puscifer’s Mat Mitchell. It’s a process Keenan now prefers for all his projects. The singer also traveled to the guitarist’s home studio in L.A. “to kind of nudge things forward” and go over ideas.

Keenan was back at the vineyard in time for the harvest, and traded recordings back and forth with Howerdel online. “We were actually on parallel paths, getting things done,” says Keenan. “When I start to dig into the content, the melodies, the words,” the singer explains, he becomes something more like “an Italian mother in the kitchen: ‘Get the fuck out. Dinner’s not ready, get out. Need the kids out of the kitchen!'”

There’s a few light hearted jabs at Tool in the interview as well, and it’s well worth the read.

The second is an interview with Matt Pinfield:

It’s a pretty length discussion about A Perfect Circle, touring and various other interests of Maynard’s (don’t expect Tool chat).

MJK on New Tool Video and Album

Brian emailed me this quote today, apparently taken from a new interview with Maynard in Revolver:

Adam is working on a new video at the moment. I can’t say for what song. When that winds down, we’re gonna try to get back in the writing space. When we’ve actually picked an engineer you’ll have an idea that there might be a record coming someday.

Any speculation on what video is forthcoming?  I’ve heard that The Pot is the likely candidate, but it would be cool so see something for one of their longer songs – perhaps Lost Keys/Rosentta Stoned?

Adam and Alex Grey Collectors Set

For those of you who missed the Signed Salival Sale the other day, and still have US$200 burning a hole in your wallet, a Collectors Set available at the CoSM website is for you. Featuring copies of the Vicarious and Parabola DVD signed by Adam, as well as the Revolver Tool issue signed by both Adam and Alex.

Presumably limited so don’t miss out!

Book of Tool Online

The Revolver issue featuring Tool, otherwise know as the Book of Tool, is now available for order directly from Revolver. You can get a copy for US$5.99 per copy (plus postage from the US) from this website.
Thanks to Brandon and the Tool Hotline for the tip.

Tool Revolver Mag in Adelaide

I was down the shops today and noticed that my local newsagent had no less than 4 copies of the Tool Revolver magazine on the shelves.  If I can find it there, then it’s a safe bet it should be relatively easy to get around Australia.

However, if anyone is desperate for a copy, and isn’t able to get ahold of one, I could probably grab them a copy.  The issues were AU$13.95 each, and you’d have to cover any postage.  Let me know…

Tool Revolver Magazine Down Under

A couple of people have mentioned to me that the Tool edition of Revolver magazine is now available (or available to order) in Australia.  I’m yet to see one, but keep your eyes peeled!

Two Tool Projects

Blair from Toolband/Army took some time today to “clarify” an email he received questioning the April Newsletter – the one about the business meeting. Here’s his response:

That mentioned in the April (1) newsletter had NOTHING to do with the
all-Tool issue of “Revolver” Magazine, although at this time I am still
not able to disclose any further information about any decision made by
the band as to whether it’s a go or not. It’s my belief, however, that
if it is a go, this will most likely be leaked on the Net before I get
a chance to post it. Perhaps it already has been (I’m not really sure).
Also, with regards to my last ToolArmy exclusive, that involves an
entirely different project that is most definitely a go (Again, please
be patient).

The last ToolArmy exclusive, was Camella’s picture of the sunset, and the “good things are coming” line.

For me, this post would suggest that there is perhaps a good reason to expect some more tour dates. I can’t imagine some kind of recording would leak online before they would post news of it, and in the past tour dates have been leaked before they are officially confirmed.

The second project I’d speculate is some kind of change or update to Toolarmy, hence the Toolarmy exclusive. Maybe work is afoot to update the site. I guess we’ll find out eventually.

What do you guys reckon is going on?

Tool Revolver Issue

Lespaul462 from Toolarmy shared with us the cover of the coming issue of Revolver featuring Tool.  The magazine is out May 6th for those of you in the US.  Who knows when it will be released in Australia, but in my experiences Borders is usually a good place to go to get imported magazines.  Thanks to Nathan for the tip.Tool Revolver Issue

Tool in Revolver

According to Adrian on Toolarmy, a special issue of Revolver will be dedicated to Tool (Blair wasn’t bullshitting!). The issue, out on the 6th of May will contain interviews, unseen pictures, sketches, video storyboards from Adam, and other stuff most likely related to Tool.

No idea on whether it talks about Tool recording again, but should be worth the read.

A Perfect Circle not over?

Henry emailed me today with a quote from a recent issue of Revolver, where Maynard gives his thoughts on working with Billy Howerdel, as well as some kind of idea when a reunion may be possible:

The real problem with running Tool and A Perfect Circle at the same time was they both operate the same way. They’re both live touring bands with a label, still working under the old contract mentality. So I thought it was time to let A Perfect Circle to go for now and let Billy explore himself. It’s tough for a guy who went from being a guitar tech [for Tool] to being in a band with pretentious, famous singer and having to live in that shadow. It was important for Billy to go and do his own thing and really explore his own sound and let people hear what he has to say and how he would do it on his own, and then we’ll get back and do some A Perfect Circle stuff.

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