Tool drummer reminiscences about joining band, hints at new music on the way
Will they or won’t they record a new album? That’s the question when it comes to prog-rock band Tool. Earlier this year, the group set out on a North American tour, which was somewhat of a surprise, since the band hadn’t toured since 2010 and there was no recent talk of getting back together.
Now, new music is on the minds of Tool band members. In an interview with Vic Firth during Tool’s January 28 concert at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, drummer Danny Carey revealed that he hopes the metal gents will start recording their new album this June or July.
In the chat, Carey stated that the new Tool album is “coming together soon” and that he’s “hoping we’ll get into the studio by June or July and start tracking. That’s the plan anyway.”
Carey also touched on Tool’s writing process. It’s a total group effort. “We just all get in there and grind it out,” he said. “Sometimes, if I come up with a beat, the guys will write a riff to that. Like, Justin [Chancellor, bass player] has really been prolific on this record. He’s been coming in with tons of riffs. I usually try to find something to compliment it rather than play what he’s playing, that’s for sure, because we’re allowed to do that in our band, since there are only three pieces, really. So, it gives you a lot more space.
“I try to find angular things to go against it or push things and of course do what the drummer needs to do, lead things into the next part and be the dynamic leader… it’s kind of confusing sometimes, especially with some of the riffs those guys come up with… “
Carey also reminiscenced about how he first joined up with Tool. “Maynard [James Keenan, singer] just moved in next door to me!” he said. “I kind of had a little warehouse thing where we could rehearse, and he wanted to try to put something together, and he kept coming over with Adam and then their drummer was always flaking out on them, and I finally felt sorry for them and went ahead and played with them one day and was like … this is really good, man! I stuck with it… “
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