Publication: The New Music
Date: June, 2001
page: title: author: This is from a Canadian music show called the The New Music, their website actually has a transcript of the interview of Maynard and Danny backstage in Detroit. But I thought it would easy to read it by typing it up nicely. This interveiw is insightful. Host: We'll begin with the band, Tool. Five years since we got the last record from them and for Tool fans, five years is a long time to be away. Maynard did whet our appetite with A Perfect Circle record but Tool has got something out. It's called Lateralus and it's selling like mad. Larissa Gulka had a chance to catch up with Maynard and Danny in Detroit. [ Caption: Detroit ] [ HEAVY ROCK ] Man: Tool!! Larissa: I feel like we're underwater, it's kind of nice. Like a rebirthing process you're putting us through here? Maynard: SURE. [ LARISSA LAUGHS ] [ Caption: Tool album artwork for Lateralus ] / Pure intentions juxtaposed / /Will set two lovers souls in motion / / Disintegrating as it goes / / Testing our communication/ [ Caption: Maynard James Keenan, Tool ] Maynard: Your mental, your emotional, and your physical body are, are inseparable if you want to evolve. You have to embrace all three elements and help them all grow, nurture all three and if you don't, you eliminate the emotional because it's the most irrational, unpredictable part. If you eliminate the emotional, your evolution comes to a screeching halt and you just become a lawyer. [ Caption: Schism, directed by Tool guitarist Adam Jones, is the first video from the new album, which can be interpreted with many themes, including rebirth. ] Maynard: The whole concept of the Saturn return which was basically interborn.....Saturn is in a particular position and it takes approximately 28, 29 years to come full circle all the way around the sun back to a position so um, speaking metaphysically or astrologically that represents a time in your life where you can re-evaluate where you are. [ Caption: Tool, Concert Hall, Toronto, 1994 ] [ Caption: Maynard admits change is challenging. ] Maynard: If you started art class at a very good school, the first thing that your drawing instructor or your perspective instructor is going to say is, "You need to forget everything that anybody has ever told you about this stuff. We're going to start over, just completely drop all your preconceptions about what is going to happen in this rooom and then you'll learn. The sooner you let go of your crap that you're holding onto, the sooner you can listen. [ Caption: Maynard formed A Perfect Circle as a side project after Tool's legal battles with their record label became a frustrating $40 million lawsuit/countersuit over contracts. A Perfect Circle's music became a therapeutic outlet following the 18 month ordeal. ] / It's not like you killed someone / / It's not like you drove / / A hateful spear into his side / Larissa: The fact that Maynard has gone off and done A Perfect Circle stuff, has your relationship........do you see a change in the way that you come to the table now? [ Caption: Danny Carey, Tool ] Danny: Well, I don't know. Along with Maynard doing his Perfect Circle thing, we had a lot other business things going on at the same time that were a kind of a drag and we had to grow a lot as individuals and grow together and keep our relationship strong just to survive and keep it, our community together, tight within ourselves. So, it's kind of hard to separate that event from all the other things that were going at the same time. We still felt like a band through the whole thing. [ Caption: Tool, Warehouse, Toronto, 1996 ] [ Caption: Tool didn't perform together from 1999-2000, while Maynard went off to play with A Perfect Circle. ] Sook Yin(Muchmusic VJ): Was there any sense of possessiveness on the part of the boys from Tool when you were going out there, worried that you weren't going to come back? Maynard: Oh yeah, absolutely. They won't admit it but yeah, definitely. There was a paranoia and justifiably so because, you know, we're all satellites. We're all just kind of doing our own thing and, uh, you've heard it a million times, especially in light of our peers, who the hell's left? Really? Soundgarden broke up. Nine Inch Nails record didn't do that well. Smashing Pumpkins is gone. Rage..... [ Caption: Maynard explains the relationship between the four members of Tool by describing the point where they meet as "friction". Guitarist Adam Jones calls it "magical". ] Larissa: The point where you guys meet, there is friction, the point where the four of you meet and I'm wondering um, Adam had suggested that it was magical, you (referring to Maynard) call it friction, I'm wondering what you call it? Danny: Uh, sword fighting.....humanity Maynard: A great big one. Larissa: Has it been any less of a sword fight, then? Danny: Any less of a what? Larissa: Sword fight, as you said before. Maynard: What are you talking about? Friction can be fun if you have the right lubricant. / I know the pieces fit / / Cuz I watched them tumbled down / /No fault, none to blame / /It doesn't mean I don't desire / / To point the finger, blame the other/ /Watch the temple topple over / Maynard: It's so much easier to point a finger and recognize weaknesses and faults and shortcomings in others. It's much more difficult to acknowledge that usually those shortcomings and whatnot are a reflection of what you see in you that you don't like about yourself. So having four very dynamic characters in a room, pointing fingers at each other, the hard part and the growing part, is to then immediately remember that all these people are just refections of yourself and then you grow as a group. Larissa: At what point do you usually concede to the others? Danny: UM... Maynard: About five scotches. Five scotches in. Danny: (laughs) A six pack, five scotches. Maynard: If we want a decision in our favour, we say, "Dan, check out this scotch.....amazing......smell (Maynard makes smelling noises).....mmmmmmm. Larissa and Danny are laughing.
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