Danny Carey Interview in DRUMscene

I mentioned this interview yesterday, but this morning when I visited the local magazine emporium, I spotted a copy of issue 64 of DRUMscene featuring Danny and decided to grab a copy (it was only $10).  And I gotta say it was $10 very well spent, then interview is one of the best I’ve read, and Danny speaks extensively about where the new album is at, the Live DVD, recording/song writing techniques and more.

In fairness to the magazine and copyright laws, I’m not going to scan it for you guys, however here’s some of the highlights of the interview:

  • The loved the Big Day Out tour, it was a great break for them and they love the relaxed atmosphere that comes with playing in the tour. They the it off really well with the guys from Rammstein. The highlight of the tour for Danny was the Melbourne sideshow.
  • As of the time of the interview 4 songs are in the works, which Danny expects is about half the album. Danny seems keen to write shorter and more to the point songs this time round, but things seem to have a habit of growing!  So far the songs seem to be heading along the path set by Jambi.
  • Maynard is expecting to spend some time with Tool before the APC shows and has expressed a desire to be more involved in the writing this time round, as Danny suggested that Maynard found some of the complex rhythms of the last album hard to write for.
  • There will be no further tours until the album is released, which all things going well they hope is 2011. The plan is to be in the studio by the end of the US summer.
  • They are leaning towards using Joe Baressi for the album, but haven’t ruled out using David Bottrill. Depends on how the remaining song writing pans out.
  • Danny’s really keen on getting a Live DVD out, using the footage recorded on previous tours (he talks specifically about the 6 pro-shot shows). As far as he knows the others in the band are keen, but it is a lengthy process editing the footage.  Seemed pretty sure it would see the light of day eventually.
  • Currently in the Lamborghini CD player is the new Trans-am and Rammstein albums, as well as some old Jethro Tull.
  • He’s still keen on doing a drum workshop type DVD, and said he might do one this year if he finds the time.
  • Danny has taken up bike riding, loves Penang Beef Curry, Mexican food and The Big Lebowski

As I said, it’s a great interview, and I would suggest any Australians out there interesting in reading the whole thing head down to their local newsagent and grab a copy! Or you should be able to snag one online here.

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jarred
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jarred

Oh God! Jambi?! I hate that song. I think one of the worst songs Tool have ever recorded. I hope Adam learned that adding a voicebox to a guitar was a bad idea in the first place. Also Tool aren’t great at mimicking Meshuggah. They need to get their trip back in the vein of 3rd Eye and Jimmy.

jarred
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jarred

Hellboy if you had any balls you would scan and upload the article.

ilikecheese
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groovy…

ilikecheese
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Hellboy if you had any balls you would scan and upload the article.

groovy…

that was not meant to be a quote…uhh…

cooper
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cooper

8 songs? seriously wtf? Those better be 8 long epic songs with no filler at all. Joe Baressi is a shit engineer IMO, they should definitely get David Bottril to work on the next album. That guy made Lateralus and Aenima sound sooo good.

Tanner
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Tanner

[quote comment=”44276″]Oh God! Jambi?! I hate that song. I think one of the worst songs Tool have ever recorded. I hope Adam learned that adding a voicebox to a guitar was a bad idea in the first place. Also Tool aren’t great at mimicking Meshuggah. They need to get their trip back in the vein of 3rd Eye and Jimmy.[/quote] I agree completely. They say Maynard said it was hard to write over complicated rhythms, but they continue to make songs like Jambi, which was filled with complicated rhythms. I personally don’t like that song. I think it’s way over… Read more »

mattw
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mattw

The last album was recorded in August/September 2005 and came out May 2, 2006. So if they say they’ll try to hit the studio by the end of the US summer, then don’t expect anything coming out in 2011. Shorter songs more to the point? Personally, a mix of lengths such as those on Aenima would be best. Some short, fast-paced tracks (Stinkfist, Aenema, Hooker With A Penis) combined with epics (Eulogy, Pushit, Third Eye) would be awesome in my opinion. I’m sure it will be good given their enthusiasm on the recent live shows. Which leads me to Dave Bottril… Read more »

TAoutsider
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TAoutsider

jambi is fucking sweet. espically live. 😉

Sprout
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Sprout

I can’t help but feel let down by this information about the new songs.

cooper
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cooper

Jambi is a great song, the production quality kills it though.

edin
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edin

[quote comment=”44281″][quote comment=”44276″]Oh God! Jambi?! I hate that song. I think one of the worst songs Tool have ever recorded. I hope Adam learned that adding a voicebox to a guitar was a bad idea in the first place. Also Tool aren’t great at mimicking Meshuggah. They need to get their trip back in the vein of 3rd Eye and Jimmy.[/quote] I agree completely. They say Maynard said it was hard to write over complicated rhythms, but they continue to make songs like Jambi, which was filled with complicated rhythms. I personally don’t like that song. I think it’s way… Read more »

ilikecheese
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I guess I’ll pile on. I love the guitar on Jambi. Drums too. And bass! And yes, even the lyrics and the vocalization of those lyrics!!!! What’s always bothered me about the song was the phrasing. It seems mjk is searching for lyrics to put over the elongated riffs. And maybe that has to do with the time signature taking so long to get back around to the down beat 1–it just seems the lyrics were fashioned to fit the music more than usual and it thus takes away form the over all experience, having to wait like that…. ilc

jarred
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jarred

[quote comment=””]I guess I’ll pile on. I love the guitar on Jambi. Drums too. And bass! And yes, even the lyrics and the vocalization of those lyrics!!!! What’s always bothered me about the song was the phrasing. It seems mjk is searching for lyrics to put over the elongated riffs. And maybe that has to do with the time signature taking so long to get back around to the down beat 1–it just seems the lyrics were fashioned to fit the music more than usual and it thus takes away form the over all experience, having to wait like that….… Read more »

mattw
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mattw

^If MJK struggles with lyrics for certian complex pieces, then just say “Fuck it” and record an instrumental piece or two like they did with Triad. Metallica did one instrumental on 3 consecutive albums in the 80s and on their latest album so I’m sure Tool could do it too. Even having less lyrics in epic songs is cool with me. Reflection is one of my favourite tracks but the lyrics don’t cut in until about the 4 minute mark and there aren’t that many after that anyway. Great song though. I agree with the above though. Although I love… Read more »

Hotdog
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Hotdog

Huh? To actually say you “hate” a Tool song is pretty harsh. I dont understand that. I personally wish they would do a half instrumental album with Maynard playing keyboard or making noises from his megaphone or something as to not leave him out. His voice doesnt entirely finish the song and make it Tool.

I actually enjoy playing air guitar to Triad.

Hotdog
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Hotdog

If anyone decides to purchase the latest DrumScene mag from the website Hellboy posted above, do a search on the site for Danny Carey and tick the box “Search In Product Descriptions”. Also available is Drumscene Issue #30 – August/September/October 2002 with Danny on the cover.

royalred
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royalred

Jambi is far from sloppy. It’s one of the most intricate songs they’ve ever made. I understand a lot of people want the “old” tool and Maynard back, but they’re just not that band anymore. They play what feels right to them. Not everyone is gonna like it. But you can choose to embrace it, instead of having expectations!

Hotdog
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Hotdog

royalred – 2 minutes ago  » 
Jambi is far from sloppy. It’s one of the most intricate songs they’ve ever made. I understand a lot of people want the “old” tool and Maynard back, but they’re just not that band anymore. They play what feels right to them. Not everyone is gonna like it. But you can choose to embrace it, instead of having expectations!

^Agreed!

markuspoop
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this thread made me have to go take a shit.

buk
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buk

BOTTRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BellJH
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BellJH

[quote comment=”44306″]BOTTRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[/quote]

Agreed. Bottrill does seem to be the common denominator with absolutely outstanding Tool albums… as opposed to just very good Tool albums.

Calfium Jay
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Calfium Jay

cooper – 4 hours ago  »  8 songs? seriously wtf? Those better be 8 long epic songs with no filler at all. . I doubt it will be 8 songs. You’ll probably find it will work out to be around 12 tracks – 9 songs with maybe 3 segue/experimental pieces. And when have Tool ever put out a short album? They won’t this time either. My hopes for it being a double album are quickly fading. Only 4 songs? They’ve been officially writing since Jan ’10 and all they have are 4 songs? I’m guessing that means “we have 4… Read more »

200L
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200L

For the record, Jambi is a great song, even by Tool standards.

I for one am excited to hear about ANYTHING regarding the new album.

I am excited as fuck.

The rest of you are just bitching in the wind.

petemasterpete
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^better than pissing into the wind, I suppose

Jambi is a great song, just nowhere near their best… and quite underwhelming live the last couple times I’ve seen it… but the first time on the warm-up I almost creamed myself when it started.

Sprout
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Sprout

After buying the magazine and reading the article in full I feel much better about it lol.
Much different impression than from the bullet points.

Sprout
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Sprout

I like that Danny thinks that Tool should give the 1 song for an entire album thing a go.
I think my head would explode.

Milhuisen
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Milhuisen

[quote post=”2881″]After buying the magazine and reading the article in full I feel much better about it lol.
Much different impression than from the bullet points.[/quote]

I rekon you guys should fork out the $10 and grab a copy instead of all the speculating, over-reacting and what not.

It’s well worth it.

ilikecheese
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buk – 5 hours ago  » 
BOTTRILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sounds like something you inject…

🙂

ilC!

ilikecheese
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Poopyface – 5 hours ago  » 
this thread made me have to go take a shit.

this thread needs an enema!

ILC!

buk
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buk

Disclaimer: Botrill may cause side-effects, including stink-eye, chronic anxiety, weeping kneecaps, hairy palms, high fidelity, obsessive convulsions, jumping jowls and teenage pregnancy.

sublime5446
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sublime5446

Sprout – 3 hours ago  »  I like that Danny thinks that Tool should give the 1 song for an entire album thing a go. I think my head would explode. that is a crazy thought, and i bet the would be able to do it easily. they’re masters at building and relieving tension in a song. not to mention on all the segues and tracks that are designned to lead in to the next. it’d be like like an entire movie told through music with each scene change marked by either a build in tension where the song(scene) just… Read more »

cooper
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cooper

What Im most excited about is the next ummm….soft song on the next album. Like I wonder whats the next disposition or Intension. Intension would be hard to top.

Naattik
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I’m reaching up and reaching out. I’m reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
We’ll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one’s been.

BellJH
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BellJH

Is anyone planning on scanning the interview at some point? It would suck if I ordered the mag all the way from Oz just to find the bit I want ends up on here in a few days…

darkstarhub
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darkstarhub

Damn, I was hoping for a new album this year as well as Diablo 3 coming out possibly around the same time. I have to agree that if they dont hit the studio until fall, it will not be done this year. I remember waiting at the mall for the record store to open, and talkig to a couple Tool fans doing the same thing when 10,000 Days came out. I ran out to the car and stuck it in the player. Of course I had already heard track 1, let it play anyway, and then came Jambi. I liked… Read more »

king
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king

Oh God! Jambi?! I Love that song. I think one of the Best songs Tool have ever recorded. I hope Adam learned that adding a voicebox to a guitar was an Awesome idea. Also Tool aren’t mimicking Meshuggah. They dont need to get their trip back because the never lost it.

(now playing Rosetta Stoned)

gggjjj
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gggjjj

@Hellboy
if i donate to 4eye can you pick up a copy and scan it in for me? dont want to spend on shipping (also my green pledge is to get less stuff shipped unnecessarily plus paper v digital etc):p
what say you?

plus Bottril ftw!

mikebwesty
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mikebwesty

Jambi is my favorite 10,000 Days track, and definetly one of my favorite Tool songs overall (I think it KILLS live). I think it will be great if the new album progresses in that direction.

mattw
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mattw

I’m just excited they have 4 songs already. Don’t know what they sound like but it’s nice to know that new tracks now exist.

DRURY
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DRURY

Tool listeners that bash 10KD, or Lateralus when it came out are not people that understand what it is like to be in a band, and what it is like to adapt to new music. They are trapped in a certain style, and they are trapped in a certain level of consciousness. Lateralus can’t be listened to with the same ears as Aenima. 10,000 Days requires even another set of ears to understand and fully enjoy… To bash Jambi of all songs is proof that you don’t get music, creative expression and TOOL. You are trapped in 1996 and you… Read more »

LnL37
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LnL37

“I know for a fact since mid-February they’ve been working pretty much 5 days a week songwriting” – Hellboy

How, may I ask, in the fuck do you know this? Are you in current contact with the Tool family?…mabybe you’re helping with the new website?…or…?

TAoutsider
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TAoutsider

LnL37 – 13 minutes ago  » 
“I know for a fact since mid-February they’ve been working pretty much 5 days a week songwriting” – Hellboy
How, may I ask, in the fuck do you know this? Are you in current contact with the Tool family?…mabybe you’re helping with the new website?…or…?

i believe he knows a few people in the TOOL camp. if he knows good for HB, but keeping info to himself would insure he would still get GOOD info and we will get good info on a need to know. which is how i would prefer it.

Hotdog
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Hotdog

LnL37 – 1 hour ago  » 
“I know for a fact since mid-February they’ve been working pretty much 5 days a week songwriting” – Hellboy
How, may I ask, in the fuck do you know this? Are you in current contact with the Tool family?…mabybe you’re helping with the new website?…or…?

He’s knuckle deep…

danielkauai21
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danielkauai21

[quote comment=””]

LnL37 – 1 hour ago  »  “I know for a fact since mid-February they’ve been working pretty much 5 days a week songwriting” – Hellboy How, may I ask, in the fuck do you know this? Are you in current contact with the Tool family?…mabybe you’re helping with the new website?…or…?

He’s elbows deep…
[/quote]

Fixed.

Calfium Jay
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Calfium Jay

I hope it’s not too ‘straight up’ and to the point. I really like it when Tool let loose with their experimental flourishes. I love their more ambient, noodling side (which many fans seem to hate). Some more vocodered vocals and talk box solos would also go down a treat. I’m a sucker for that shit. If they have been working 5 days a week for the last 9 or 10 weeks then…yeah, ok. I’m guessing the album is a little further along now that 50%. Cool bananas. And guys, one of the reasons there was such a lapse between… Read more »

Intension
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Intension

Wow, i can not understand all the hating. Jambi is a masterpiece. And a heavy fucking track. Heavy and great lyrics. I was pumped to hear them following that direction. Also, the fact that Danny even mentioned a live dvd with a positive spin gave me a chubby. I think things are warming up nicely, seems to be small pieces of a lot of positive activity! Cant wait for all of it!

mattw
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mattw

I’m not too concerned about the release date but back in early 2005 Danny said something like August/September 05, then October 05, then I think “definitely by February” 06 and then it finally leaked late-April 06. So who knows?

There are some cool release dates Tool could play with: 11/11/11, 1/11/11 (which is a Tuesday), 13/12/11 (another Tuesday) or just hold out until 2012 which is when the world ends… I don’t know.

It’s all good!

Sargath
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Sargath

Jambi is an awesome song, and I wouldn’t mind hearing something similar.
But the thing that is worrying my is Maynard’s voice. I hope there will be some form of screams, but I have my doubts. Its not like we’re gonna see a new ‘The Grudge’ or ‘Ticks & Leeches’ anymore 🙂