Publication: Friday Extra - The Tampa Tribune
Date: October, 2001
page: 18 title: Communication is the key to Toolís power author: Curtis Ross Danny Carey admits his band Tool was worried. The Los Angeles prog-metal group had gone for five years between albums with only last yearís odds Ďní sods CD/video collection, "Salival," to appease the fans. Trent Reznorís commercial misfortune didnít help. "He made the best Nine Inch Nails album yet [1999ís "The Fragile"] but it was the worst selling one," Carey says from a tour stop in Boston. "It was kind of scary when we saw that happen. We were worried people would turn their backs." Careyís fears proved unfounded. "Lateralus," released in May and the first all-new Tool album since 1996ís "∆nima," went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has already sold more than a million copies. "People were hungry for an alternative to what was going on," Carey speculates. Tool stuck to its progressive-metal guns, delivering an uncompromising 79-minute collection of pounding riffs, shifting time signatures and the cryptic lyrics and stunning vocals of Maynard James Keenan. Keenan provided a bit of a trailer for "Lateralus" with last yearís eponymous "A Perfect Circle." The group featured Keenan and former Tool guitar tech Billy Howerdel. The album spawned a rock radio hit, "Judith," and further delayed the completion of "Lateralus." Carey says the extended touring imposed on A Perfect Circle gave him and the other members of Tool (bassist Justin Chancellor and guitarist Adam Jones) more time to work on arrangements. For Keenan, the Circle experience "brought a lot of new inspiration to his singing," Carey says. "It kind of expanded his palette of ideas to choose from. "All of us have side projects we work on," Carey says. "Itís great to have conversations with other people." Communication is the key for Toolís growth, Carey says. "Weíre better at communicating with each other," Carey says. "We share things on a deeper level. In terms of music it ends up with more emotional impact or emotional depth. "If communication doesnít keep growing, it falls apart," Carey says, admitting that with Tool, "at times itís gotten close. Weíve been able to work through major differences. You gain strength by surviving catastrophe." Itís also why Tool is able to avoid the one-dimensionality of much heavy rock. "I think again it comes down to communication," Carey says, "being willing to bare your souls with these mates of yours. But if itís just a superficial rockíníroll relationship, itís a trap a lot of guys fall into. "As long as weíre true to the chemistry and the music in ourselves," Carey says, "I donít think we can go wrong."
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