Danny Carey: Tool ‘Rushed It a Bit’ With ‘Fear Inoculum’ Album
Speaking on Kerrang's Inside Track podcast, Carey speaks about the time it took to do the album, revealing that he wished it actually took them the full 13 years to turn it around.
"I kinda wish I could say it did take 13 years to make," explained Carey. "There's nothing wrong with that. We actually rushed it a bit."
He continued, "The thing is, the way we write is all jams and bits and pieces that get pieced together and sometimes things are written with intentions of being a song, and then all of a sudden the main riff of this song, six months later turns into a verse or a chorus of another song. We don't have anybody in our band that's like a composer so it's, like, we're all in there doing it together day by day, and I don't suggest this to any other band [laughs], but that's the way we do it, and that's the way we've always done it."
The drummer says, "It takes us long for a reason, but the end result is: we all completely believe in, not just every verse, every chorus, every bar is scrutinized, and that's the result of what you'll hear on this record. The way that we also work with Maynard [James Keenan], we don't give it to Maynard until we do that, like, this is me, Adam [Jones] and Justin [Chancellor] we're talking about now, and then we send that to Maynard because Maynard, he has to commit to this concept."
According to Carey, the band is careful to have things in a completed state before handing it off to the singer, as previous attempts to change things later have yielded some frustration.
"Nothing bums him out more than, like, when we send him this thing and then we change it. Once we give it to him, he commits and that's it, he doesn't want to change it," says Carey. "We went through the whole bit trying to do that on the previous records, like, sending something and then all of a sudden we go, 'Oh, wait, let's change this chorus.' Maynard will be, like, 'So, you're pretty much saying I just did all this work for nothing.' I understand his point of view."
Rushed or not, Tool have widely been praised for their Fear Inoculum effort, which resulted in a chart-topping album. And it appears as though Tool are interested in more music down the road, with Carey recently discussion the potential timeline for another effort.
"We’re going to tour on this probably for two or three years at least, I imagine. It feels like what we’ve done on every album, and then I guess we’ll see where we’re sitting after that," stated Carey, later adding, "If we do do another album, it’ll take three years after touring. That’s just the way it is with our band.”
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