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Tool drummer says band’s new songs are “too long”


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Tool drummer Danny Carey told Kerrang! magazine that the band’s new music is resolutely non-commercial, even joking that the songs are “too long.” Carey explained, “Whatever those guys play is how they express themselves. Adam (Jones, guitarist) and Justin (Chancellor, bass) aren’t musically educated, so they just come up with the weirdest s**t. I just try to anchor it down and make it simple . . . The tracks are long — too long! Definitely too long for the radio!”

When asked if he could reveal any track working titles or discuss the concept of the record, he replied, “It’s all still a work in progress. We don’t even go there until the record is done. 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.”

  • Adam Jones not long ago spoke on how the band puts its songs together: “We’ve got lots of material. Our strongest thing is jamming. But grouping stuff together — and that’s kind of how we work, you know, we jam and then you kind of go, ‘Wow, this works with this really well’ — and then you jam those two things and see if you can get ’em to work.”
  • Asked again about the timeline for the new LP, Carey stuck to the answer he’s given in other recent interviews, saying, “It’ll be out at some point in 2018.”
  • Tool’s last album, 10,000 Days, came out in May 2006, more than 11 years ago.
  • The instrumental members of the band have been working steadily on music for the past year, according to reports, with singer Maynard James Keenan rumored to be getting more involved in recent months.


SIDE NOTES: Legend Of The Seagullmen, which features Danny Carey and Mastodon‘s Brent Hinds among its members, has released a new song titled “The Fogger.” It’s from the band’s self-titled new album, which arrives on February 9th. According to the band’s Jimmy Hayward, the song is about Carey himself: “‘The Fogger’ is a mystical aquatic tale about The Seagullmen‘s very own drummer, Danny Carey. He stalks the ocean in search of users, abusers and polluters and deals lethal justice with his third eye while ripping the faces from skulls, just like he does during the punishing and beautifully complex drum solo in the middle of the song.”


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