Publication: FACES (as far as I know)
Date: Sometime, 1995
Niki Rodgers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Niki Rodgers (email@example.com)
page: 61 title: Tool author: Peter Atkinson "You can only scream your head off for so long before you get kind of tired of screaming," Tool vocalist Maynard James Jeenan shrugs."Anger is definitley a very cleansing emotions, but there comes a time when it stops being all that useful." It's no wonder Keenan feels that way. Even for a band that bases much of its music and outlook on life and the obscure philosophy of lachrymology (literally the study of crying), which advocates confronting one's pain and anger, there can only be so much venom to go around. Keenan's been purging himself of the "hatred keeps me alive" sense of rage and frustration that fuels tool's cathartic debut album Undertow for over a year. First, on the bands's attention-grabbing Lollapalooza '93 slot an then, on a seemingly endless and continuing slew of headlining tours. Through the touring and the disquieting videos the band made for Sober and Prison Sex, Tool has attracted nearly a million fans eager to share in its misery. One might assumethis surprising success would give Keenana and his bandmates-guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Paul D'Amour and drummer Danny Carey, pause to perhaps see things in a somewhat different, more favorable light. Keenan maintains that is certainly not the case. There's no jumping for joy in the Tool camp because of the recent good fortune, indeed it's been something of a distraction, he notes. "I really don't have any reaction at all to it (success) on way or the other," says the singer. "We wanted to sell a few albums just to have it keep us afloat, so we could pay the rent, so we could make more music and films. I guess we've accomplished that. "As far as how I look at things, certainly the frustrations will never go away," he continues. "but, I'll be dealing with them differently. The more I deal with them through singing the older songs, the less there is a need for to continue writing angry songs." Somehow, during an insanely busy schedule that finds Tool piecing together its videos, as well as rehearsing during tour breaks, the band has begun scripting material for its second album and has a number of ideas it wil be trying to flesh out over the next year. Although Keenan wouldn't provide a description of the new stuff, given its present discombobulated state, he would say it would be "different" from Undertow or Tool's 1992 EP Opiate. "I think it will sound like music that was written after Undertow," he offers vaguely. "It will be a natural progression because we're all growing as musicians in different ways. We have about 20 or 30 sketches-just riffs and emotional interludes. What we're trying to do now is get the little sketches down on tape. Then, we can go back through ideas that seem like they'll be nice little projects to get involved in." There are no plans plans to do any recording in the immendiate future, however, as one of the distractions of success Keenan spoke about, touring will keep Tool busy into the summer. "All of these people have made us great big rock stars, " he cackels. "We knew if we could get in front of people they'd see where we were coming from and what we were about. But a lot more people caught on that we thought would, so I think we owe it to them to keep playing." Yet, Tool understands its limitaitons and won't get into a situation like pals White Zombie and remain on an extensive tour, then head back into the studio to record the next album and it's back on the road again. "We really love the music, but we're into the music to feel better about the world around us, about our places in it" he says. "And, if it becomes more of a burden than a the one we were suffering without the music, then I'd rather go back to "being" without the music. It's not worth it to me to beat my head into the ground over this."
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