Publication: Hot Metal Magazine
Date: June 1995
Transcribed by Mark Healy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
title: "Got the time" [I'm transcribing it verbatim, so you'll notice a mistake early on where Adam Jones is referred to as the bass player.] In talking to Tool's bass player Adam Jones before the band's set at Sydney's Alternative Nation, his health is pretty much an approximation of the weather - shithouse. The band have been touring Undertow for almost a year and a half, and are now undertaking these shows in Australia as a break to their time off, the time in which they've started writing material for the new album. A fairly indefinite task when your last album sold over a million copies without the help of radio or TV. "We don't write pop songs," Adam explains rubbing the swollen glands on his neck, contemplating the current writing process and staring forlornly at the downpour outside. "We're constantly fighting with our record company, they want us to do three minute songs, but we don't want to have to stick to formula, we're just not writing these songs to get played on the radio." In keeping with the progress Undertow - with its flowing, moody nature - made on the hard block rhythms of their debut Opiate, the new material looks to expand even further outside the regular formats available to currently commercial styles. "In England it's just like a cancer at the moment," Adam observes ruefully, "you only get signed if you are a pop band and so it's just all this corporate music which is paid to be safe and successful. "It's very experimental music," he continues, trying for a handle on how he sees the album sounding, "and we like it that way. It just keeps branching off instead of flowing down the same river. At the moment we're just trying to rout out everyone's influences because everyone is coming from such different directions. It started out as just such high energy and now it's more open. The circle in which we operate is a lot bigger now and basically our songs are going to be as long as we think they should take."