Rock Hard interview

Madkilkor on Toolnavy brings us some highlights of a Tool interview in French magazine Rock Hard.

  • They didn’t gave titles during the listening session, because the weren’t sure about them at the time. Yet Adam mentions “lost keys” and “rosetta”.
  • “Lost keys” is “the introduction to “rosetta””.
  • Maynard was there at the beginning of the writing process, than left before coming back. Adam says that it’s better than for Lateralus (Maynard only came when all the songs were already written), but he hopes Maynard will be here all the time for the next album.
  • How Adam would define Tool : “there are a lot of maths, it’s heavy and you’re not gonna like it.”
  • There is no DVD in the works. There were plans, but they prefered to make a new album. The new album and the tour are the priorities.
  • They love France.
  • The set for the tour will be sober, at least for the first shows.
  • The album is their most personnal, it’s “coming from the guts”. Some usual rant about how Bush is stupid and how the album is about frustration. But Danny adds that the approach to politics in Tool is different from the one of APC, they don’t want to adopt a close political discourse which would be fast outdated.
  • The reviewer says that Danny is more busy than ever on the drums. Danny answers that he’s not looking to play a lot of notes but wants to densify the sonic space and to dynamise the music, but that nevertheless the king in the movie Amadeus would say about his playing : “Too many notes!”.
  • APC is over.
  • They would like to get rid of labels and to do everything by themselves, and they think artists will be able to do so soon.
  • They don’t take themselves seriously at all.

Some of the translation there is a bit rough I think, but you get the idea. Bye Bye APC!

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APC was cool. I never could listen to it for weeks at a time, but great stuff.

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borat
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borat

I dunno about you guys but I am actually glad APC is over…

Yes MDN and 13S were good albums, but nothing like Tool.

Maybe this time around, we will have a Tool album sooner than we think. But of course Danny said the same thing 5 years ago, so who knows.

Tool Expert
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Tool Expert

Just so you know, Tool IS making a DVD and A Perfect Circle is in HIATUS, not finished. They’ll most certainly be back at some point.

Jewbious
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Jewbious

“Q : What is the future for APC?
Maynard : I think it’s over.
Q : Really? It’s sad…
Maynard : we pushed this project as far as it could go, and I see ourselves playing again together only in a few years to make one or two songs, nothing more.”

He then adds that he only sees APC in a system without labels, big budgets, marketing, where they could play and release new songs whenever they want.”

Uh, APC is dead dude! Get over it…

Tool Expert
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Tool Expert

Bullshit. I’ll believe it when they don’t reform.

Jewbious
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Jewbious

And the live dvd isn’t coming out anytime soon:

“Q : Your fans have been waiting a long time for a DVD. What about this project?

Justin : We thought about that, but we were distracted by our desire to make a new album. We think it could be something nice, but we’re not the kind of band to do things by halves, so this project is going to wait. The new album and the tour are our priorities.”

Get a clue, Tool “Expert”

Chris
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Chris

Some heated debates here but no real evidence to suggest that APC is over or that the live DVD is not going to happen soon.

My guess is that the 5 year cycle will continue. But like everything else it’s really only a guess

eyechakra
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it is slightly shocking that he outright said apc is done, but if mjk wants to spend more time with tool then i’m happy. as long as he’s not on vacation for the years following tool’s new tour.

as for the live dvd- i was under the impression it was done. they would be foolish to wait much longer to release it if it’s in post-production.

vuduchild
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crazy crazy article thats alot of information to process… Live DVD very surprising, either way, I would rather they do it how they want to, so they hopefully continue doing it for many many years to come.

AtomHeartMother
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AtomHeartMother

APC is over, it’s okay for me, i was never a APC-fan, TOOL was the real deal, here in germany i`ve found a story about the ‘new album’,it says the story of ‘10000 days’ tell from a modern ‘Jesus’ who fights against Bush and multinational groups. I’m not sure that’s legit or not.

WEREWOLF
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APC ACTUALLY PUT ON ONE HELL OF A SHOW. I SAW THEM AT PNC ARTS CENTER IN NEW JERSEY MAY 2004. REALLY REALLY GOOD SHOW. I ENJOYED BOTH SERIOUS ALBUMS, THE POLITICAL ONE BLEW. I WILL MISS THEIR MUSIC, BECAUSE IT WAS A REFRESHING SIDE OF MJK. PLUS IT WAS LIKE A BONUS FOR US TOOL FANS WHEN THEY CAME OUT WITH ALBUMS. IT WAS LIKE HALFTIME OF TOOL’S HIATUS’

jamie
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am i the only one who’s really bummed about APC? okay, they weren’t Tool… but who is? i thought they fuckin rocked.

APC=dead
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APC=dead

I wouldn’t be surprised if APC is done. From what I heard, they made Emotive to fulfill outstanding record obligations to Virgin. Besides, Maynard has a full side project in his wine company — I imagine that after TOOL finishes touring on 10kdays, he’ll leave to work on that, rather than another major album.

3poundsoflove
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It’s really sad. I love MdN & 13th Step. I think they’re great records, which have nothing to envy to Pumpkins, AIC, or other similar bands. In their music, they were unique. I cannot imagine Maynard stop singing 3 Libras, The Noose, Judith, Pet no more. It’s sad.

LTFYQA
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LTFYQA

I’ll truthfully tell you that if A Perfect Circle is over, I’m honestly happy. I think Maynard should stick to Tool and his Wine Making full time instead of A Perfect Circle. I wasn’t that big of A Perfect Circle in the beginning. Sure, I have all the albums, but Tool is what Maynard started and what Maynard should finish. That’s my opnion…

Ryan
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Ryan

I think Maynard should school all those kids on American Idol. They wouldn’t know what hit them.

Frosty
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Frosty

MDN and 13th Step were great albums, but eMotive was a big piece of crap and it was obvious that APC had ran its course. I just heard “Vicarious” for the frist time and -if the new album follows suit- 10kDays will leave all of the old Tool AND APC albums in the dust.

And I’ve seen APC & Tool live several times each, Tool is ALWAYS better.

Billy Howardel will keep making music, though. So we’ll still have that to look forward too.

The Godless One
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The Godless One

I listened to Vicarious today as well. It sounds like it belongs on Lateralus.

I hope the rest of 10,000 Days isn’t as contrived.

James H K
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James H K

I think J Chancellor is like totally rad. He is the best and needs to leave Tool and go Solo a la Roger Waters. Wait is this Maynard Idol?

Nick
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Saw APC live in New Zealand, I’m a big Tool fan but APC lived was disappointing, what’s with all this Maynard hiding at the back not being visable to the crowd, saw this in the lateralus tour 2001 as well, really pissed off the crowd, bring back 1997 Aenima Tour – very very very cool.

bmannie00
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bmannie00

Ya know it really bothers me to see people argueing about APC’s break up saying “Tool is the real deal” “APC was fulfilling obligations” NO those 2 albums were amazing Im a tool fan from way back before APC was anything and it shouldnt be a arguement over which band rocked harder APC was a different project it wasnt a competition agaisnt tool it was a different side of maynards expression’s a “SIDE PROJECT” and it was bloody good

Steve
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Steve

Tool and APC both rocked, in fact whatever aide projects Maynard has done has been very good. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say I just hopes he keeps it up.

-When I die, I hope I come back as a TOOL fan

Steve
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Steve

By the way, very nice post up there Maynard.. er James H K

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Mr Rob
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Mr Rob

APC WAS AWESOME I THOUGHT, JUST AS TOOL, UNIQUE IN THEIR OWN WAY, WITH MAYNARDS OVERWELMING TALENT. DEFINATELY A MUSICAL GOD IN MY MIND

John P
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John P

im sure the whole world disagrees with me (or at least 98% of it….) but i think APC was a far better band thatn tool. tool’s good if you are feeling depressed and want to wollow in it for the full length of a 12 minute song, but APC was intelligent, concise, DIVERSE. there actually are a wide range of songs in their catologue, and i’m going to miss them dearly. maynard may be remembered for tool by the world, but he’ll be remembered by me for APC

Dante
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Dante

I’m going to miss APC. I LOVED MDN and 13th Step. I only liked “Passive” off of emotive. I CAN’T BELIEVE MAYNARD SAID APC’s OVER.

Nick
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hmm listened to the new tool album, it’s pretty so-so really, nothing like aenima (which personally was their best) more like Lateralus (which was a couple of decent songs with a whole bunch a shitty fillers and bad-long-drawn out songs) interesting, in the album of the 11 tracks, only 6 are songs, and only 2 of them are decent, hard to say, as I am a TOOL fan from way back, but sin ce Lateralus I begin to wonder why I bother..

indelible inc.
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indelible inc.

I like the new album a lot. I was dissapointed through the first 3 listens, but now that I’ve given myself around 20 listens to soak it in, it’s just what I wanted from TOOL and never knew.

Right In Two and Rosetta Stoned are the highlights in my opinion, but they’re all good in their own way. Keep listening and you’ll find the new album is pretty hot.

Dai
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Dai

I’m sorry to say I really don’t like the new album at all and in my opinion probably the weakest album tool have produced. As for A Perfect Circle I’d be totally heartbroken if they didn’t continue, sure Emotive and Amotion were cheap albums released in an attempt to get out of a record deal but hopefully that will mean that they have the opportunity to release future recordings with a certain amount of freedom.

LeperKhan
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LeperKhan

The “new” album is a joke. Or rather, I hope it is. When the actual album is released in a couple of weeks, I hope it is far different than this piece of garbage. The album basically sounds like the whole band got high over the weekend and had a couple of jam sessions, then put a little bit of production into the recordings… the guitar riffs are basically just odd renditions of stuff off of Aenima and lateralus, and many of the drum parts are done with a damned machine. The vocals are muddy and lame throughout 90% of… Read more »

Jay
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Tool’s new album is much more abstract than the rest. If you aren’t bound by structure, you’ll love it. If you are, you probably won’t appreciate it quite as much as others will.

Tool is rhythm driven. APC is guitar driven. I would say Josh Freese isn’t nearly as talented as Danny Carey, and that Adam Jones isn’t the guitarist Billy Howerdel is. I appreciate both projects, but to claim one band superior to the other isn’t perceptive.

PrettyHateMachine
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PrettyHateMachine

I love TOOL, but i’m really sad APC is over…they had such haunting, beautiful music, really ethereal, as well as some harder stuff. RIP~

Cassandra
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Cassandra

APC is over?! no way! Just when I got a apc tattoo……

I think I’m going to cry 🙁

Eddie
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Eddie

I heard the new TOOL song and its pretty good. You just kinda have to let it soak in. By the way TOOL did realease a “FAKE” 10000 days album for all those ILLEGAL DOWNLOADERS out there. As for APC they had their run and ill admit they were pretty good but I really dont mind them breaking up as long as TOOL is still around.

knowthyself
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knowthyself

Sorry to dissapoint but the leaked album is not a fake. Its been confirmed, its the real deal.

Let the chaos ensue.

poppy
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Guys, you sound like kids: “I’m glad his new friend died, now he’ll spend all his time with me” …. TOOL is TOOL and I don’t think the existence of APC was some kind of obstacle for TOOL.

I love APC. I dare say I love them even more than TOOL. I’m really sorry that they are over.

jezebel
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apc tattoos? maynard idol? start your own fad

Rezkid
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Rezkid

Yeah….It sucks that A Perfect Circle is ending….I had just gotten done with al little debate with one of my friends about which guitarist is cooler to our ears…..He is more of the Adam Jones guy….But I lean my favor to Billy Howerdel. His tone sounds nice and the parts are fucking cool!!~

Rezkid
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Rezkid

Yes…I am one of the very few that loves A Perfect Circle WAY more than TOOL…..

thomas_h
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i really hope they will release more material..

13Th Step is on my Top 3 album list…

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i was actually listening to APC when i came over this article.

DOH.

FeelingSolitary
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FeelingSolitary

Ok, I have to say that comparing tool and A Perfect Circle is pointless. Both are brilliant in their different ways.

Am I the only person in existence who liked Emotive?

Maybe I just agree with the politics involved, but some of the lyrics got to me, especially off of Annihalation. Plus, the sarcasm involved with People Are People and Let’s Have A War amused me.

Anton
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Anton

I actually became a fan of tool after listening to APC’s MDN, so I’m definitely bummed that he said that. It’d be great to see Howerdel continue to make music, as long as he doesnt sing… i didnt mind emotive much, except for the songs on which he sang. I think the only reason it was dubbed as an APC record was cuz they needed an outlet to release those tracks, and creating a new band (“The Maynard & Billy Experiment” 🙂 )would be too much of a hassle. Also, it’d be great to see Puscifer become a full fledged… Read more »

infinitebeing
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infinitebeing

APC is over! Tool survives! And rock-n-roll lives on! Apples and oranges don’t compare, yet both are naturally sweet. One cannot rob Howerdel and company of their contribution to the music scene, yet MJK seems to me to be more at home with TOOL. His power wail and melodic ranting cannot be surpassed. Indeed “10,000 Days” seems to be underlayered with AENIMA and LATERALUS riffs, but they still jam, and anything new from these guys always blows the mainstream out of the water. The lyrics from “Right In Two” are profound. GREAT FUCKIN’ JOB GUYS!!!

C. Scott
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C. Scott

Thirteenth step has grown in and around me like a vine with thorns. I have been a big tool fan, however I’ve always been biased towards apc since 13 step was released. I would much rather have had another APC album rather than TOOL’s “10,000 DAYS”. I feel like APC was a new beginning for Maynard and that he should keep at it. It is in fact a competition between apc/tool fans because Maynard is only one man and can only dedicate himself to one at a time. It makes me sad to hear him say that he thinks APC… Read more »

Dein
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Ok so its been talked about b4,but indeed the first few songs on 10,000 days are very scriptural sounding.So maybe MJK did have some “Christian experience”.. I dont know what to think? Most artist’s deny any Christian experience now a days bcuz maybe they think it will hurt sales or their image.I dont care if he is or not.He’s a very talented artist, and if he did go to “God” he will only draw more talent..

Sean
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Sean

Go to god? Are you kidding me? Are you people even paying attention to the lyrics? He honors his mother, who was a God-fearing woman, by assuming her path is to heaven.

To all of you who didn’t like 10,000 Days, stick to your Deftones shit. They need more closed-minded fans.

Jasmyn
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Jasmyn

Holy shit. I just about cried over APC. I heard about it a while back, but didn’t have confirmation. I guess this is as close as I’ll get. I love both TOOL and APC. However, I’ve always been more drawn to APC. The music isn’t necassarily better, I just really enjoy ballads sometimes. 10,000 Days is amazing. I’ve been waiting for a long time and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I was able to see APC for my 15th bday on May 25, 2005. They were pretty fucking amazing. I just saw TOOL on the 8th and I didn’t… Read more »