Tool Planning Two New Music Videos

NSYK posted an exchange from Tool guitarist Adam Jones’ recent VIP Q&A on the band’s Reddit a couple of days ago.

“Adam talked a lot about the process they were going through on the new album. No one asked about the progress, so I can’t tell you what the status of that was.

What I did find very telling, however, was him talking about the progress they’ve made on producing the two music videos. It came out of him talking about using CGI vs stop motion work in Hollywood and his time as a visual effects artist. This made me believe they are very far along in their work on the album.”

He added, “He said two music videos that they were on the hook from the record company for, complained they only get an advance on the video and would likely lose money as it would be all over Youtube and Vimeo and not get traditional revenue, and talked about different options for making money back.”

Tool also recently released a newsletter that hints at future projects, though does not offer an update on their new album.

“As I’m sure some of you are aware, it’s now 2016 era vulgaris (or, if your pseudo-Latin is a bit rusty, 2016 in the common era), and as such, it’s a fair bet that at least a few Tool enthusiasts are wondering what might be in store for the band in the new calendar year. Well, the Criswell in me predicts that 2016 e.v. will be an exciting year (of course, Criswell once predicted that a beam from outer space would turn all the metal in Denver into carbon nanotube rubber!). However, before anyone reads too much into this (again), I have no time tables for anything, and that’s with a sequined tuxedo. As Tool finishes up the current mini-tour in those states where McDonalds first offered sweet tea, what I do have is e-mail traffic that suggests (nay, confirms) that the band is making preparations for things to come besides a new record.”

  • — J —

    Maynard needs to get his ass back home and start working on another Puscifer album and stop caring about those Tool guys.

    • Corndog

      I have never gotten around to listening to Puscifer. One of the many bands on my ever increasing ‘to do’ list.

      That sounded better in my head…..

      • Billy

        Puscifer is much closer sounding to perfect circle than tool. There is a much bigger electronic presence tho.

        • Rizz

          my two cents. Big Tool fan and APC, but puscifer is garbage.

          • Billy

            overall i totally agree with you. However, if you go thru the whole discography and remixes, there’s about an album’s worth of listenable stuff. But yeah, most of it is absolutely brutal

          • — J —

            Conditions of my Parole is a solid album from start to finish.

            Money shot is about 3/4 good.

            You can basically ignore all the remixes.

            The soundtrack stuff is also good.

            For a “joke” band that started taking themselves only reasonably seriously in the last 4 years, they have put out some tremendous material in that timeframe.

            Keep in mind this was basically Maynard’s “If it’s funny or doesn’t fit with Tool/APC then it goes here” band, and then after getting the right pieces in place (Mat Mitchell and Carina Round) suddenly turned into a real, and his primary, band.

          • Thomas

            there’s some nice harmony on money shot

      • Felonious Punk

        You aren’t missing much.

  • Felonious Punk

    “No one asked about the progress, so I can’t tell you what the status of that was. He said two music videos that they were on the hook from the record company for, complained they only get an advance on the video and would likely lose money as it would be all over Youtube and Vimeo and not get traditional revenue, and talked about different options for making money back.”

    For $500, I’d have been grilling Tool guy about their new album the whole time, and sitting on his fucking lap while I did it, too. For $500.

    The dude bitching about how music videos don’t generate any revenue like they used to tells me this guy is clearly out of step with the times. Where does he think music videos get played these days? Maybe if you bothered to release an album every three to five years like every other band, you’d have some semblance of how the industry is run these days.

    One of the videos will probably be some lame hologram graphic that plays underneath their 15 minute concert intermission wind-down after that massive nine-song set they tear through each show.

    The second video will be a montage of bohunk Tool fans showing off their $1,500 portraits of Maynard wearing a gimp mask while they sip his wine to the band’s Useful Idiot.

    • Billy

      Good point. Tool is out of touch if they still put so much effort into making videos. It’s a glorified commercial that pretty much adds a little bit more exposure and little to nothing else anymore.
      i’m sure the videos will be cool, like the previous ones, but i think they need new management if they are still trying to go thru the old format of an album promotion. Make a lyric video and save yourself the cash. They would be best to create a short film and release it that way.

      • Felonious Punk

        Exactly. If they’re worried about losing money on a music video, then clearly their marketing techniques are passe.

        A short film or an in-depth studio documentary on the making of the album and why it took them an insane amount of time to complete it would be much more lucrative, especially if it was part of a limited edition package and sold directly from their website. Given their fanbase, it would sell out in no time at all.

        • Billy

          dude, we are onto something. We should be on their marketing team lol Seriously though, a documentary about the last 10 years would be cool. I would just love to see them jamming and coming up with ideas.

          Kinda like the Thank You dvd, where Kretz is out on the lawn laying down the drums to big bang baby. I know tons of fans would love to see shit like that.

          • Felonious Punk

            “I would just love to see them jamming and coming up with ideas.”

            Well, that accounts for the last six months or so

            What about the other 9.5 years since 10KD?

          • Billy

            well the other 9.5 years is lost in the ether lol

          • Felonious Punk

            A hefty amount of it will equate to Maynard wasting his time in his dick-joke band and releasing three remix albums per actual Puscifer album, probably

        • Corndog

          “A short film or an in-depth studio documentary on the making of the album”.

          Never mind a DVD, they’d need to release that on a fucking external hard-drive!! πŸ™‚

        • Itsreigningmen

          That goes against their whole mystique aesthetic. They’re a bit over that now they’re so big, but I don’t think it’s likely.

    • Jesusswept

      I can’t believe the audacity this guy has to complain to a fan about not making his money back on a music video while taking that fan’s $500 for a VIP event. I have lost all respect for Adam Jones. In the time since the last Tool album release (2006, yes it’s been that long) Maynard has released 3 studio albums with puscifer, countless EPs/live/remix albums, toured extensively, live DVD, 12 music videos, started a vinyard and winery, wrote a book, etc.
      whathas Adam done of note? complained? Attend WWE matches? Drew a couple of posters? what a joke, hey Adam Jones, get over yourself.
      end rant-

      • Billy

        that first sentence is gold Jerry…..Gold! lol

    • Lookingforacommentworthreading

      It says “music videos that they were on the hook from the record company for”…

      ‘Comically ironic’ that you spent 500 words complaining(the ironic part) about something you read incorrectly.

      • Felonious Punk

        So the record company is forcing the band to make two music videos for songs they don’t even have written yet, and expecting the band to pay them back the budget?

        Sounds like a pretty shitty record deal there, bud. Isn’t that what they wasted ten years of their lives fighting in court with the last label they signed to?

        Seems to me for a bunch of guys who make $700,000 a show and charge $500 for a VIP package, they wouldn’t need a record label who forces them to lose money like this. Irony…you were saying something about it?

  • Jesusswept

    Likely a video for “The Pot” that Adam has been working on for literally 10 years. Yawn, wake me up when you write some new music Adam.