Maynard James Keenan Reveals Why New Tool Album Is ‘Tedious’


Maynard James Keenan discussed his frustration with the slow process of making Tool’s new album in a recent Yahoo interview.

“If Tool was more prolific, if they were a little steadier, if we could get things done a little faster I would probably be happy. But things take a long time, they’re tedious. The other guys are very meticulous and I get bored. So I have to go do things in between. The perception, of course, if that they’re waiting on me. No, that’s not the case.”

“With any group of very strong-willed people – even with A Perfect Circle; we’re starting to work on some stuff as well – it’s always a struggle to find your groove within the personalities.”

He also discussed becoming more self-indulgent around the time of Tool’s Aenima.

“Yeah, that comes from a combination of all those influences around the entertainment industry and Los Angeles in general. The decadent nature can be poisonous and very present, and for most people it’s very intoxicating. Right around that time when you start seeing some success, you start believing that your choices, actions, and attitudes are the absolute concrete reason for that success, and that’s where you start going down the rabbit hole.”