If there's a single album that recently created the most anticipation and confusion among the music fans, it's the new Tool release. Apart from being described as the "biggest project of their lives", very little is known about the new record, with various contradicting statements even making the fans question whether Tool has recorded anything at all during the past 7 years.
Marking the recent release of the group's debut album "Opiate" special reissue, guitarist Adam Jones sat down for a chat with the Revolver magazine. The talk about the new album was of course inevitable. With a possibly most thorough statement so far, Jones explained that it's unfortunate the band hasn't released a new album yet, adding that the group has clearly changed.
"It's unfortunate that we havent put anything out in a while, but you know, we've changed as a band. It's just like a marriage - you grow older, people change, and you've gotta adapt or move on. We've become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done and getting together is very hard. There are a lot of other interests. But what I really want people to know is that it's not a bad thing. I'm serious. I think there's a little more respect now, and when theres compromise, it's a little more open. I don't know if that's just a matter of getting older and going, 'Ah, f--k it,' or what. [Laughs]"
"I've been with these guys a long time, and we've outlasted all of our peers. And we kind of set that up early by deciding that no matter who does what we're gonna split everything four ways. Some decisions have to be unanimous. Others are put to a vote. We're really involved in the business side. We write our own checks. But as far as the writing? It's been a little more lax - as in relaxed. But it's nice."
Jones also commented that the "cushy lives" the band members currently live additionally slow everything down, but has promised that when the album is completed, "it's gonna be good".
"We live kind of cushy lives now, so we get together when we want. It makes everything go slow, which is unfortunate - we all would have liked to have been done with a new record a long time ago - but when it's done, it's gonna be good. And that's the point. We're not gonna put out something that sucks just to put it out. We also had two really bad things happen, things that I'm not gonna get into, that set us back emotionally and mentally. But we're past them now, everybody's recovered, and that process has kind of actually added to us focusing on being creative. So maybe sometimes bad things happen for a reason."