Maynard Not Impressed With New Tool: 'I Haven't Heard the Sounds'

"In theory they have a CD for me today," the singer says.

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Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan finally addressed the band's new material, revealing that although such tracks exist, he isn't impressed with what he heard so far.

While chatting with wtf Podcast, Maynard stressed that without the proper instrumental parts laid down, he cannot proceed to writing lyrics.

"I'm gonna stop by the rehearsal space today, in theory, having beaten them up going 'Please give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music,'" he said when asked about the future of Tool. "In theory, they have a CD for me today, to listen to some jams, so we can get this thing going."

The interviewer followed up by asking Keenan on whether he's got any lyrics written. "Not 'till I hear the sounds," the singer replied. "I've gotta hear the sounds, and I can't write words until I hear the sounds - and I haven't heard the sounds," he explained.

According to the latest reports, new Tool album should see its release in early 2014. But with an ongoing series of contradicting statements from Maynard and the rest of the four-piece continuously circulating the web, little is certain at this point.

"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," drummer Danny Carrey told Loudwire. "We'll see how it goes. Most likely, it'll be early 2014."

As the latest Tool release, "10,000 Days" dropped in May 2006, claiming No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with 564,000 copies sold in the US during the first week.

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    King Donkey
    Seriously, where did it say he isn't impressed?
    Abacus11
    I can't tell if the title of the article is a joke, a mistake or if it's intentionally misleading.
    kratos379
    If he said it, they didn't quote it in the article. If they're going to post an article with a title like that, they really need to have the quote at least somewhere in the article.
    festivalinhell
    Having listened to the podcast at no point did he say he isn't impressed. He said the same thing he always does, "I let them write the music then i come in and write the lyrics" Marc asked "so you dont have anything written yet? you don't have any ideas before the music is written?" he replies "Nope i don't write lyrics til i hear the sounds, and i just haven't heard the sounds yet."
    mrjohnnydel
    tool frontman maynard james keenan finally addressed the band's new material, revealing that although such tracks exist, he isn't impressed with what he heard so far. while chatting with wtf podcast, maynard stressed that without the proper instrumental parts laid down, he cannot proceed to writing lyrics. "I'M gonN a stop by the rehearsal space tO day, in T heory, havI ng beaten theM up going 'P lease give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music, please give me music,'" he said when asked about the future of tool. "in theoR y, thE y have a cd for me today, to listen to S ome jamS , so wE can get this thing going." the interviewer followed up by asking keenan on whether he's got any lyrics written. "not 'till I hear the sounD s," the singer replied. "i've gotta hear the sounds, and i can't write words until i hear the sounds - and i haven't heard the sounds," he explained. I think I've found where he said it...
    jhall236
    It was right in the middle of where he stresses that he HASN'T heard the sounds. He hasn't heard the sounds. That's why is so unimpressed by what he hasn't heard the sounds of.
    RoboHendrix
    "Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan finally addressed the band's new material, revealing that although such tracks exist, he isn't impressed with what he heard so far." First line. :/ And also chiding his instrumentalists with "Please give me music" as opposed to what he's getting from them now...
    Elpadrenanana
    Not impressed ? WTF ? How could he be impressed if he didn't hear anything ?
    TheNameOfNoone
    Ultimate-guitar SLAMS Tool instrumentals.
    TryTheKetchup
    "I've gotta hear the sounds, and I can't write words until I hear the sounds - and I haven't heard the sounds," YO DAWG
    Ben2k9
    I heard you like sounds. So heres some sounds while you listen to some sounds, whilst listening to sounds, whilst some sounds are playing.
    biff022
    Seriously, UG retract this article and stop it with the shit journalism. You take the fun out of reading about bands.
    M33tal
    Is it weird that he has had nothing to do musically with his band mates up to this point?
    biff022
    Not weird at all. Tool writes music, Maynard writes melodies and lyrics, then they re-work the songs so it all fits... it's how they work.
    Carl Hungus
    This is very common when the singer writes the lyrics and relies on the musicians for inspiration. With bands like Slayer where the people who wrote the music also wrote the lyrics things work a little differently.
    DaBlackDahlia16
    Maynard Not Impressed With New Tool: 'I Haven't Heard the Sounds' Wtf is that even suppose to mean??...
    LucasGtrGod
    At no point in the article did it say Maynard was not impressed. That is dirty reporting, with a misleading headline.
    brokndwn06
    UG been doing this for years... i dont think they give a shite...neither do we cuz we always read em...lol
    Redfinton22
    "Isn't impressed with what he heard so far" "I haven't heard the sounds" See the problem here, UG?
    Poisonouspot
    I'd rather a great tool album than a half assed one
    SIEGE312
    Somethin tells me that even a half-assed Tool album will still probly be great..
    ridinglightning
    You rather a great Tool album? They better not accidentally their new album.
    slash&angus
    Lol, I read the comment you were replying to correctly (filled in the gap myself) but at yours I was confused.
    EyesWideOpen
    Where does he say he isn't impressed with what he's heard so far? He says that he hasn't heard the sounds not that he isn't impressed.
    Koffie84
    Mother of misleading titles. Ultimate guiter did it again, and even outdone themselves for the sake of sensation and pageviews i reccon...
    RaKooN13
    That title gave me some worry. I read the article expecting the worst... and it was just nothing. Seriously, this is probably the most misleading title I've seen here. T.T
    TheWindGypsy
    when i listened to this interview yesterday he actually sounded really optimistic and excited about the whole thing. It was a pleasant surprise considering all the other reports before this interview made it feel otherwise.
    Iommianity
    I get that a headline is supposed to grab as much attention as possible, with one line representing the article, most likely out of context on its own. This was just poor writing though. I've seen mods say it's up to us to not click on content we don't want to see/think is done poorly, but UG isn't exactly honest with the headlines.
    thecause
    How can he not be impressed if he hasn't heard the sounds yet?! I'm looking at you UG.
    rgt42dx
    UG, you have had a solid brand establishment so far, but if you keep this up, someone will eventually create a better website (not difficult at this point) and everyone will leave you. Remember MySpace? You might want to consider that. If there are already other legitimate websites out there now that do what UG is supposed to do but better, which wouldn't surprise me, would someone care to fill me in?
    44Double0
    Just listened to it and rather than being unimpressed he sounds like he's excited about it!
    korn_dawg
    Seriously UG, how hard is it to just quote the guy? It's far less taxing on your brain to just directly quote him instead of making up headlines. To make up headlines isn't good journalism; it isn't any real form of journalism at all. Get it together.
    lepermessiah22
    whoever writes these articles needs to be fired. Always some misdirection or assumption or lie right in the headline.
    craigfunkulus
    Fuck sake Ultimate Guitar. I don't know why I bother to even read the stories, obviously the editor doesn't either. It's almost like you are just trying to generate site traffic by writing nonsense thinly veiled as "news". Firstly Maynard can't be impressed by the new music because he hasn't went to the studio to get the CD to listen to the new music. I should have stopped reading there.
    ozzyman45
    It is a little bit discouraging that this album doesn't seem to be happening as fast as we would like. It is true that Tool did have years between each album, so this doesn't surprise me all that much. I just hope that they don't rush it. I would much rather have an album that takes close to 10 years to be released and sound incredible than an album that's released a year or two after the last and it sound just like the previous one.
    Ossidiana
    If he hasn't heard any sound yet, how can you tell he doesn't like what the band did? UG just makes up titles in order to catch people's attention. As always.
    CrackTheSkye
    Of course he isn't impressed with what he's heard so far because he hasn't heard anything. Thanks UG!
    Orestes'merkaba
    I really am starting to rather dislike journalists. I've been quite the opposite of impressed with some of their writing skills and grasp on the English language. Some of them will even write anything to get you to read their article. I would have still clicked the link if all it said was TOOL, and nothing more. I have to admit I was quite disappointed and almost disheveled to read that Maynard "wasn't impressed" with the new music being written. I then click to find he said nothing of the sorts. I am grateful that the article gives a sense of anticipation on Maynard's part to hear the new music. Maybe even more excited than even the biggest Tool fan. I count the days until it's release.
    biff022
    UG hasn't taken this down or issued a retraction? THIS IS WHY MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN AND PEOPLE LIKE HIM HATE THE LYING FULL OF SHITE MEDIA.
    ruker
    Tool hasn't been impressive the past 10 years. Sorry Tool, but in the current state of music, you're about as cookie-cutter as they come.
    robo37
    I feel sorry for the rest of the band, putting years of effort into the material only for Maynard to turn around and say "Nope, not impressed, try something different this time."
    Painkiller94
    He never said such a thing..
    robo37
    The article implies that. I would feel sorry for the rest of the band if that's true, I should have put.
    biff022
    I mean, seriously... you really missed this point? THAT THE ARTICLE IS FULL OF SHITE? AND YOU CLAIM SOMETHING BASED ON "THE ARTICLE IMPLIES THAT"? The collective intelligence continues to go downhill in direct inverse proportion to population growth. This whole conversation... Ug are seriously clowns like this guy. I think robo37 wrote this.
    robo37
    My reply was to the article, whether it's full of shite or not.
    Pete-V
    ''the article implies'' isn't a valid argument when it's a UG article.
    gocool
    i don't care whatever the title says...i'm just happy that we got the news! and atleast maynard says they (the music part) are working ! !....i haven't waited for a new year to begin ever like this before!
    TSParallax
    I saw an interview with Adam and Danny and they both said what keeps them together is compromise and splitting things 4 ways. This is a band of respect. Maynard clearly would not diss his fellow bandmates on musical material ( can we imagine Tool writing anything bad anyways?) they have worked hard on. I'm on the same page as everyone else on here, misleading title, Tool take your time. The wait will be SOO worth it.
    deathbystereo
    Seriously, I have followed UG for at least 10 years and the reporting has severely worsened. The headline of this article creates bullshit that needn't exist. Stop sensationalizing and plain making up shit UG.
    Partialobserver
    At this rate of unreliable press, I'd be quite happy just to sit and wait silently until the album is ready and out.
    jessejames36
    I listened to the whole interview (and you should too). He simply hasn't heard it yet.
    N@trium
    You've gotta give the man praise for refusing to put out a record that he doesn't like. Once a shitty Tool album comes out that's it for them. You don't want such a great band to go out on a bad note
    third(-)eye
    Um... He didn't say anything like that. He said he hadn't HEARD the new material yet, so there's no way for him to be impressed or unimpressed with it. And he certainly didn't say he'd refuse to release anything. Not your fault really, though. It's ****ing UG's.
    Thatguy89
    he sounds like someone i'd not like to work with "that time signture isn't obscure enough, re-write the whole album"
    In_Flames_ftw
    Ugh...I wish this pretentious "progressive" band would go away for good. Tool fans are elitists and the band meanders too much to keep interest.
    Theophillis
    They're not elitist, they just know that what they listen to is great, and intelligent, and all other music is crap!!! *insert sarcasm here.....*