TOOL bass player Justin Chancellor was talking to Bass Player about the followup to 2006’s 10,000 Days.
He said the band is working hard on a new record and that it will be happening. Justin has been with drummer Danny Carey and guitarist Adam Jones “playing pretty much nonstop right now, so a lot of ideas are coming out.”
“For the past few months we’ve been working on one of the newer songs fairly exclusively. We get the gist of it and find the main themes that make up the skeleton between verses and choruses. Then we explore different ways we can depart from that and come back to it and flip it upside down, and take the time to see what else is there. Everyone knows we take our time. We’re really trying to be responsible with ourselves in trying to discover ideas that haven’t been discovered before. It’s kind of an alchemy, how we experiment.”
But when will it be done? Justin says he feels the fans excitement for the new record. part of the delay between albums has had to do with a lawsuit the band had to settle. But that is done now and the focus has returned.
Chancellor never let an album title or release date slip, but did say he hears the fans clamoring for a new album, thank you, and we’ll appreciate the sounds after the long wait.
“It’s understandable, and it’s a compliment that people are excited to hear it. But it’s difficult to hear that and not feel some kind of guilt. All I can say is that we’ll go back Monday and do our best to finish it for you, although that’s not really how it works. But we know the listeners will be happy with it when it’s finished.”