Tool New Album Progress: ‘Lyrics Coming In Hard,’ Says Danny Carey

Story by Charles Ken, promo photo by Tim Cadiente

It’s another day, and with it comes another bit of news on new music from Tool. The band has been toiling away on their follow-up to 2006’s “10,000,” for longer than a while, and Adam Jones keeps dropping hints regarding the status of the new music. In a fresh Instagram stream, as posted on Reddit, guitarist Adam Jones wrote in the comments, “Music is done. Lyrics coming in hard,” in reference to the new album from Tool. That’s as definitive an answer as fans have received in a while, although no promise of a 2018 release.

This comes shortly after a recent interview with Ireland’s Overdrive, drummer Danny Carey says the album is “all coming together really well. We’ll be hitting the studio again very soon and have a couple of gigs in May, so hopefully we’ll have the album out before that. It’s wishful thinking at this point. I actually think I said that this time last year. (Laughs)”

So, how far along is Tool when it comes to writing the new album? Carey says they’re doing well. “Yes, there’s a lot of material that’s already done, so we’re looking to go into the studio pretty quickly here and off we go,” he said. “Things are just rollin’ along. We don’t just hang about here in Hollywood; we are pretty much working all the time.”

In a separate interview with “Kerrang!” magazine, Carey was asked if the guys have working titles for songs or concept for the album. “It’s all still a work in progress. We don’t even go there until the record is done,” he said. “It needs to have a voice of its own… You don’t think about that until the project’s finished and it all comes together and connects. Everything has its own voice.”

He also told “Kerrang!” that the songs are already “too long,” adding, “Whatever those guys play is how they express themselves. Adam (Jones, guitar) and Justin (Chancellor, bass) aren’t musically educated, so they just come up with the weirdest… I just try to anchor it down and make it simple… The tracks are long — too long! Definitely too long for the radio!”

Regardless of the new music, Tool has a pair of festival shows on the way: one at Northern Invasion in May in Somerset, Wisconsin, and the other at Rock on the Range later that month in Columbus, Ohio.

Publication date: January 30, 2018



Posted by Charles Ken | Metal, Music, Rock, Rock News

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