In a Fourtheye exclusive I can reveal this morning that the curve ball so frequently referred to on Toolband is an in house documentary of the band titled Between Supposed Brothers. Here’s the press release:
Tool are forced to examine their nature and their very existence as drummer Danny Carey is injured during a freak dog accident and singer Maynard James Keenan abruptly leaves the group to enter a rehabilitation facility due to alcohol abuse. Tool’s management hires “performance-enhancing coach” and lachrymologist Ronald P. Vincent to help the group better understand one another as friends, band mates and human beings. The documentary follows the band in the time following the 10,000 Days tour and covers the many personal and professional ups and downs related to the writing process of their new album.
Former Tool bassist Paul D’Amour appears briefly in a scene in which, as part of Adam Jones‘ therapy, he confronts the bass player regarding the decision to fire him early in the band’s career for his excessive anger. The two had not had any personal contact for many years and D’Amour speaks frankly about his resentment stemming from his dismissal without the opportunity to redeem himself with an alcoholism treatment program. D’Amour also speaks of how, despite achieving success with his own group, Feersum Endjinn, he still endures ridicule from Tool fans, which has diminished the enjoyment of his own success.
The movie also contains exclusive never seen before footage of the auditions to replace former bass player Paul D’Amour. Auditions include Scott Reeder (Kyuss), Jeordie White (Marilyn Manson), Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies), Duff Mackagan (Guns N Roses), Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill) as well as eventual Tool member Justin Chancellor. In one scene, an apparently impressed Carey states that “he fucks the shit outta that bass”.
Exhaustive songwriting sessions are also covered, with no holds barred discussion as the band tear apart every riff presented for the new album, including one extraordinary session where Justin calls Adam a “fucking cunt” 46 times. It also reveals that the band lost a whole albums worth of material during a fire in the Loft.
Also to be released with the movie in an exclusive Live DVD. Adam talks about the contents:
“We discussed many times whether or not the band should release a live DVD. After several aborted attempts we finally found the formula that would work for the band. Rather than your typical canned live concert, we decided to release a unique introspection of our of our finest works: Schism. The live DVD will contain no less that 30 recordings of this in full 4k HD with 7.1 surround sound – it’s really something to behold and a release we’re really proud of!”
Details on the release date aren’t official, but I expect to see this on the shelves before the end of June.