Blair’s Tool newsletter for September 2018 is out now, and is a pretty short one, that really just highlights Maynard’s recent tweet. As many of you may know, Blair lives in Las Vegas now which makes getting regular updates from a band not always know for being communicative tough.
The good news is that Blair is heading to LA soon, and plans to take up Adam’s invitation to join them in the studio. Hopefully we’ll see some nicer updates in the next month or so.
SEPTEMBER 2018 E.V.
In a couple of weeks I will be heading into Los Angeles to take care of some business regarding a couple of joint book projects with Danny. While there I will drop into the studio (taking Adam up on his recent invite) where the guys have been tracking to see how things are going and listen to some great prog-metal. Of course getting this Toolband update means securing a rental vehicle, dodging falling Prothonotary warblers that have been fried to a crispy char from the Ivanpah Solar Plant at the Nevada state line, filling up the tank in Baker for whatever dollar amount they want to charge for a gallon of gas, stopping at EddieWorld in Yermo to get retro candy for ‘Evil’ Joe (Curly Wurlys and whatnot), being searched for Sub-Saharan Kiwano at the I-15 South agriculture inspection, honking at confused drivers from Victorville in the Bear Valley Road intersection clusterfuck, stuck in mind-numbing traffic in the city (from what I remember after chewing all that Prevagen), having to find a few bucks to pay the valet at the North Hollywood Chevron station, and trying to find a parking space at the studio. But, then I’ll get the goods…maybe. At least, I’ll have some Reed’s Root Beer Rolls for Joe.
In the meantime, for those who haven’t already read it, here’s a tweet from Maynard on September 10, 2018.
“Update- Scratch Vox tracked awhile ago. AJ deep in Guitars now. Final Vox after. Step back. Adjust. Mix. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Master. Adjust. Re-Adjust. Long Way 2 Go But Much Closer.https://www.toolband.com/news/newsletter/455997/newsletter
What the update says to me though, is that recording is progressing, and I assume Adam is still doing his stuff with guitars. Given that reports tell us that the album is full of long complex songs, perhaps there are many intricate sounds the band is trying to capture this time around.
Also, given that Maynard hits the road again with A Perfect Circle this month, the question remains when we he record his vocals? It sounds like the instrumentals aren’t done yet, and I’m guessing he hasn’t already recorded so I suspect they will be recorded in Arizona sometime later in the year.
My gut feeling – Adam has just finished and is taking a break (hence less instagram studio activity), Maynard is there now or heading there imminently, and hopefully aiming to wrap up Tool vocals before APC rehearsals.
Maybe. Or, Adam realized that he won’t be finished before the APC tour, so he decided to take a short break.
Safe to say he doesn’t record 24/7 anyway.
I also think Maynard’s in there now….Would match the timeline of Adam recording for previous albums.
Might Blair be on the album.
Are you confused by your own post? lol
Naw, I just caught my grammar mistake right as the car door was shutting.
I doubt Blair would appear on the album in a musical sense. He’s just referring to visiting them in the studio, hopefully for an update.
I don’t think Adam is done with his parts yet.
It’s possible. But I don’t think he is.
Gentlemen, the question still remains: “when we he record his vocals?”
No one really knows, but my guess is that he’ll record them from his home in Arizona sometime over the next few months (gaps in APC tours permitting).
I agree. I think MJK is recording in isolation, which could free up his creativity from lack of self consciousness, or stifle it from lack of interaction. I was more making fun of the grammatical error in the quoted text, though like an ass I made a similar error in a comment I made afterwards.
My gut feeling is that we will learn two things about Blair’s visit to LA and those would be jack and shit.
Seriously, I hope they’re done recording.
We’ll see I guess. I wouldn’t be expecting an announcement from Blair regarding release dates and such, probably just a photo or two and something along the lines of “it’s progressing well”.
Expecting more than that will likely result in disappointment.