Rolling Stone recently had the rare opportunity of interviewing Maynard Jame Keenan, the frontman of the legendary band Tool. They asked a few questions regarding the new album, reportedly to be released next year. The following excerpts are taken from the original Rolling Stone report (click here) detailing what he had to say.
“I don’t write the music. They write the music,” he says of his bandmates. “I wait for them to bring music to me. They tend to go back over and over stuff. It’s a long process. For a person like me, it can be a very tedious process.”
“In some ways, they are bigger perfectionists. But you can only help support their talent so long. They don’t have to go through it 700 times. They can trust that first thought. But that’s their process, so you gotta let them do it.” And is that process happening? “I couldn’t tell you,”
“But as an artist you don’t want to become a greatest hits version of yourself, either,” he says. “You want to push the boundaries. You want to figure out how can you challenge yourself to discover something new, discover something different about yourself. What are your limitations? What avenues can you push and expand? That is life. I don’t have any interest in coasting yet.”
“Just in general, each project is going to find its own way,” he says. “Depending on the motivation.”
Also – a few months ago, drummer Danny Carey spoke with Loudwire. This is what he had to say.
“It’s still the three of us right now and four of us it will be soon, you know, just working on all our parts and working on our compositions together,” Carey says, referring to Keenan’s current absence from the recording sessions. “Stylistically, we’re trying to push things in different ways, but it always comes out sounding like Tool no matter what we’re trying to do. We’re working everyday on it and it’s going really well, so I’m hoping we’ll get into the studio by the end of the year.”
When we asked about a possible 2013 release date for the album, Carey responded, “I doubt it. Right now, since we haven’t started tracking stuff at this point, it’ll be hard. We could have the record finished by the end of the year — that’s a possibility, but the logistics of getting it manufactured and getting the record company in line and all this stuff, I doubt we’ll be able to get it out before Christmas. We’ll see how it goes. Most likely, it’ll be early 2014.”
Will we actually get a new Tool album in 2014? That’s yet to be determined. Stay tuned for more. And while you’re waiting, jam the tracks below!