Tool will apparently get back to work on their long-delayed new album now that they’ve finished their short spring tour. A message at the group’s official website explained, “Contrary to those who thought that the tour would only further delay the writing process — with all four band members together during sound checks, catering, etc., I’m fairly certain that they spent a considerable portion of that time experimenting with new tunes. In which case, the tour might have actually sped things up a bit.”
- But, the webmaster added, “This snifter of cognac is half full.”
- Bassist Justin Chancellor told us a while back that sometimes new material emerges during an actual gig:
- “We do a lot of kind of segues, you know. When the shows start to really flow, you know, you start to come up with little segues that take one song into another, whether it’s like an old song into a new one or whatever, you know. It starts to help the entire set really flow. And those pieces, those little links, if you like, they tend to become song ideas for the future, definitely.”
- The post also made mention of a mystery Tool project — referred to as the “curve ball” — which had been underway before the tour began, as well as a third item that will be of “interest to both Tool fans and drummers in general.”
- Tool has not released a new album since 2006’s 10,000 Days.
- Previous reports about the progress of the quartet’s next effort have been sketchy and sometimes even contradictory, with singer Maynard James Keenan saying last year that the creation of new music was a “very tedious process.”
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