Tool Member Reveals New Album ‘Disappointment’


Tool drummer Danny Carey revealed why it was disappointing to have to release the new Tool album Fear Inoculum in an era of streaming where fans can pick and choose songs to play. Alternative Nation transcribed Carey’s remarks from Kerrang Radio. Tool kicked fans out of a show a few days ago after a ridiculous demand.

“I don’t mind the streaming thing. In a way the only thing that is a bit disappointing to me is it caters to that shorter attention span. I don’t know if it leaves much room for somebody like us who want to release an album, or a bigger package of music that is more like reading a book than listening to a commercial on TV. I’m hoping that there will be a big percentage of people who stream the album, and don’t just pick a song.

Somebody says, ‘This is the cool song.’ It was written and composed on our end to be an album, an experience that you can dig into for 80 minutes on the CD and 90 minutes on the digital download. I don’t know how many people are left out there in the world who are ready to jump in there and do that.”

Maynard James Keenan was photographed crying in a diaper last week. Producer Joe Barresi remembered how the studio album burned down recording Fear Inoculum with Danny Carey.

“We were tracking,” explains Joe. “We always like to set up the room so it’s visual. Dan’s got, like, some geometry thing behind him, and there’s always a PA and candles. It’s very vibey. And I remember the drum tech, Bruce Jacoby, was in front of the console, and I saw this look of panic in his face. And I was like, ‘What? What’s going on?’

“All of a sudden, he just bolts out of the control room through this back door,” continues Joe, “and he gets behind Danny’s drum kit, where, I guess Dan was playing with such power that one of the candles fell over on his floor tom and started burning the floor tom, so the head went on fire. And there’s sprinklers in the ceiling, so we were trying to get the fire out before the sprinklers went off and the whole recording would be ruined. So that was one of the most insane moments, actually — Dan almost burning down the studio.” A System of a Down member joined Tool at a show last week.