Adam on the new album

Yet another interview with Adam today, this time with Crave Online.  As with the previous interviews, it largely focuses on the upcoming art gallery, however Adam does talk about the tour, the setlist, Maynards voice and the writing process for the new album:

CraveOnline: I know you’re on tour now, but can you tell us anything about the new Tool record?

Adam Jones: We’re writing, we’re writing. It’s going a little slow. We’re trying to get our feet wet, just basically the three of us. Maynard’s been busy with his wine and his other band. That’s usually how it is – we’ll write and write, and then he comes in last and starts putting stuff in. It works, it is what it is and it works. It’s good. I love it.

I can’t really tell you any direction we’re taking or anything like that at this point. It just feels like the same as every time we get into it. We just write for ourselves, and when we’re happy with it we say alright, let’s go into the studio. I really like the process with those guys because we don’t worry about what worked on the last record or what’s selling or the single. You just write. You rip your guts out and… yeah. I’m so happy where I’m at and what I do with those guys. It just feels so good right now to be out on tour.

CraveOnline: How do you keep it fresh on tour? How do you build on these songs you’ve been playing for so many years at this point?

Adam Jones: This tour has been great because we’re actually doing a different setlist than we’ve been doing in the past. We’re getting older, and Maynard has trouble sometimes singing the older songs, from back when he was young and screaming his fucking head off all the time. His vocal chords are getting older and he can’t really do what he used to do all in a row in a string of back to back shows. So we’ve changed up the set a little bit, which feels really good. Once we actually get together and start playing, it’s so great. It’s so great hanging out with the guys and playing the songs. It comes back to keeping it fresh.

Sometimes in the middle of a song we’ll start jamming, or go off on some tangent of a song and come back. That’s a great way to keep it fresh too. Also we keep adding to our show, we put a lot of money back into the show because we want it to be stimulating. We want all the senses to be on overdrive. More lights, more visuals, more lasers, more soundscapes. That’s what I would want in a show.

CraveOnline: Sounds like we shouldn’t hold our breath for a Tool acoustic tour anytime soon.

Adam Jones: Um…. I don’t think so. (laughs)

A good read!

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spiralout247
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spiralout247

ruling out an accoustic tour doesnt automatically that they wont do a tool unplugged show someday. lol. *dreamin* 8~) very excited about the more frequent improvisations or “tangents”, as Adam calls them, during live shows. Justin always looks his best to me when they do those little rabbit trails, he seems to get a major kick out of it from the shows i’ve seen. and of course the new setlist is great news. 8~)

24lateralus
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24lateralus

word.

Naattik
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SO stoked for Monday and Tuesday. I love that they are out there having fun, and putting so much into the shows. From the clips I’ve seen and heard, it’s a distinct improvement from the last outing in 2009 (which I saw twice, and was still fucking great, but didn’t have the energy they seem to be putting out currently). I am also giddy with anticipation to hear the new album, whenever it’s ready. I still vividly remember that first listen to the 10,000 Days leak… I was smiling from ear to ear and couldn’t believe how amazing it sounded.… Read more »

noname
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noname

“Sometimes in the middle of a song we’ll start jamming, or go off on some tangent of a song” the same tangent every time. Does that still make it a ‘tangent’? Doesn’t it just become part of the live song, time after time again? ugh, im starting to get really cynical of my favorite band.

badkittygothgirl
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noname – 3 hours ago  »  “Sometimes in the middle of a song we’ll start jamming, or go off on some tangent of a song” the same tangent every time. Does that still make it a ‘tangent’? Doesn’t it just become part of the live song, time after time again? ugh, im starting to get really cynical of my favorite band. I’ll be more than happy to take care of that vegas vacation for ya! LOL. I keed, keed. Yeah, I didn’t hear any tangents at the two shows I went to. I did notice that third eye was extended….that… Read more »

noname
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noname

i listened to two shows prior to seeing the two shows at RR. They did basically all the same extensions on the songs. But virtually all the songs were altered from studio version.

st1nkf1st
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st1nkf1st

24lateralus – 4 hours ago  » 
word.

is born!

nembutals
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nembutals

Cool interview. I think thats the first time I have ever seen one of the band members make a remark about their age, or about their mortality in a performance sense… Maynard getting older and having some issues with singing the early material and stuff. I know thats a common worry among Tool fans (’’oh shit, the band is getting old, they’re losing it!’’), so its kind of nice to see Adam mention it in his own words. You know? The best artists are the ones who are the most genuinely passionate about their work regardless of limitations, and as… Read more »

blahmoo
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blahmoo

I love Maynard’s voice (then and now)…but sometimes it makes me so sad that I missed out on seeing him live in the early years. They still kick ass…don’t get me wrong…but there was just this “rawness” (making up words, sorry) to him back then.

Ah well–thank heavens they are still around making music and that I can see the early version on Youtube!

badkittygothgirl
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Noname….I do agree with you on the same extended “tangents”. I kind of laughed when I read that. What was different to me was the filler between songs.

It is very nice to hear in his own words his passion about this band since it has been in question as of late.

Blahmoo: That rawness (nice word) back in the day was just awesome. It was that passion that I loved about them then and it is nice to see some of it again.

BellJH
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BellJH

“We’re in the finishing aspects of the writing process for the new album”. -AJ, July 2009.


“We’re writing, We’re writing. It’s going a little slow”. – AJ, July 2010


When Tool says it’s going a little slow, god damn it’s going a little slow.
I hope they are just taking their time, and aren’t struggling for ideas…Although I wouldn’t blame them if they are, with the amount of ground they’ve covered already.

badkittygothgirl
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Maybe this tour will inspire them to overcome their writer’s block. One can hope.

Pgrantham
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Pgrantham

[quote comment=”39094″] “Sometimes in the middle of a song we’ll start jamming, or go off on some tangent of a song” the same tangent every time. Does that still make it a ‘tangent’? Doesn’t it just become part of the live song, time after time again? ugh, im starting to get really cynical of my favorite band. [/quote]   It’s called structured improv, and it’s the best kind out there. Sure they start and stop at the same point, but it’s what’s in between those two points that matter. Im sure they will eventually hone it down to where it… Read more »

noname
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noname

I will see them again this next friday, sunday and mon in vegas and la. I hope you are right.

Pgrantham
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Pgrantham

Listen to the New Orleans recording then listen to the new videos coming out. They are different. The band is also getting tighter.

Laddermalice
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Laddermalice

After the last two tours I think it’s obvious that Maynard has lost significant control and upper range as well as tone and some screaming power.  I fail to see this as simply an age thing but rather vocal chord nodes or some other surgically correctable pathology resulting from the very kind of singing we miss.  I’m convinced that these vocal weaknesses are the reason he frequently is buried in the mix. I can’t help but think of AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and how by the “Stiff Upper Lip” album and tour his voice was completely shot, with virtually no range… Read more »

Whitehawk
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Whitehawk

Man that sounds great! ^ Havent heard about “voice surgery” yet… And yeah this gives a hope to us, fans. Let’s be otimistic!

markuspoop
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I can see it now, MJK in the future paraphrasing Ned Flanders, “I never should have gotten that trendy vocal chord surgery. It’s great for a while, but at the ten year mark, your throat falls off.”

BellJH
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BellJH

“After the last two tours I think it’s obvious that Maynard has lost significant control and upper range as well as tone and some screaming power.  I fail to see this as simply an age thing but rather vocal chord nodes or some other surgically correctable pathology resulting from the very kind of singing we miss.  I’m convinced that these vocal weaknesses are the reason he frequently is buried in the mix.”

Have you seen Tool yet this tour? Maynard’s voice is sounding absolutely great and 100% audible. I saw Tool in ’07 and his vocals have got louder/clearer since then.

Laddermalice
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Laddermalice

[quote comment=””]”After the last two tours I think it’s obvious that Maynard has lost significant control and upper range as well as tone and some screaming power.  I fail to see this as simply an age thing but rather vocal chord nodes or some other surgically correctable pathology resulting from the very kind of singing we miss.  I’m convinced that these vocal weaknesses are the reason he frequently is buried in the mix.” Have you seen Tool yet this tour? Maynard’s voice is sounding absolutely great and 100% audible. I saw Tool in ’07 and his vocals have got louder/clearer… Read more »

limeygringo
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laddermalice – 1 hour ago  »  “After the last two tours I think it’s obvious that Maynard has lost significant control and upper range as well as tone and some screaming power.  I fail to see this as simply an age thing but rather vocal chord nodes or some other surgically correctable pathology resulting from the very kind of singing we miss.  I’m convinced that these vocal weaknesses are the reason he frequently is buried in the mix.” Have you seen Tool yet this tour? Maynard’s voice is sounding absolutely great and 100% audible. I saw Tool in ’07 and… Read more »

Lucidiot
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I have a feeling we’re looking at a 2012 release. Slow writing and what not, and would make perfect sense for them to release a new album that parallels with the Mayan’s prediction of the “end of the world” or the end of the present age/era of the zodiac.

mikebwesty
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mikebwesty

I think Maynard’s singing is as good right now as it was during most of the Lateralus shows. Yeah, he surely can’t hit some of the higher notes that he could back in the aenima days, but I don’t think that matters. The ending lines of 46&2 for example. I think it sounds just as good the way he sings it now, with the lower register notes. So what if it doesn’t sound like it did on the record? Why is the way it sounded on the record the absolute standard? I just feel like everyone worries so fucking much… Read more »

seanhalas
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seanhalas

There is nothing wrong with Maynards voice, other than not being able to sing songs off Opiate/Undertow/some off Aenima….night after night…like Adam said. Some of you need to quit acting like you are doctors, vocal experts, and sitting down for Cherios every morning with MJK for a chat. i saw them in Vancouver and Seattle this weekend and he sounded fantastic, and screamed when he wanted too Many of the songs in question were written 20….25 years ago. They have evolved and progressed into a new dimention. The people who long for the olden days have probably been smoking pot… Read more »

Naattik
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mikebwesty – 1 day ago  » 

I just feel like everyone worries so fucking much about the relatively few high notes that he can’t hit anymore rather than enjoy the many that he can.

Very true.

HellFire
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HellFire

Very true indeed! Maynard continues to sound great and he CAN hit the high notes.  Perhaps it’s not a daily thing but he’s able.  He’s lost some of the screamish angst but his “singing” voice has improved.  It feels like he’s got more control of it.  At the Puscifer show he mesmerized in accapella, which is not an easy feat.  He hit some crazy notes but his voice carries them differently… What I’m basically trying to say is that perhaps he’s not young MJK, perhaps he’s lost some “ability” with time – but at the same time he’s improved in other… Read more »

blahmoo
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blahmoo

HellFire – 7 hours ago  »  Very true indeed! Maynard continues to sound great and he CAN hit the high notes.  Perhaps it’s not a daily thing but he’s able.  He’s lost some of the screamish angst but his “singing” voice has improved.  It feels like he’s got more control of it.  At the Puscifer show he mesmerized in accapella, which is not an easy feat.  He hit some crazy notes but his voice carries them differently… What I’m basically trying to say is that perhaps he’s not young MJK, perhaps he’s lost some “ability” with time – but at the… Read more »

24lateralus
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24lateralus

i think he sounded awesome in seattle, i wish his mic. was turned up a little bit though. for his age, and as many shows as he has done, i think he still has it for sure! for example, on “the patient” where he’s singing the last two lines of “i must keep reminding myself of this” where he has to take his voice really high, sounded just as good as it did on the record. and this was 2 days ago.

48and2
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48and2

Completely agree with LimeyGringo – he’s not angry anymore. That’s so much of what’s made them the best band in the world, is their sincerity.

You guys have to remember, he’s got to attempt to preserve his voice for the upcoming album. Which everyone knows (including them) will likely be the last near full power. So more than likely he’s babying it awaiting recording, where he probably will be reaching full power for extended lengths.

budsyralli
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budsyralli

Adam Jones:

We’re writing, we’re writing.

TAoutsider
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TAoutsider

how about were deleting this thread ! were deleting this thread. unless you have some real news will some admin please delete this thread.

lachrymologist
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lachrymologist

Ignore ignore ignore

ilikecheese
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