TOOL singer Maynard James Keenan doesn’t like to discuss when the band will release new music
In 2019, TOOL finally unveiled their highly-anticipated album “Fear Inoculum.” This naturally leads fans to wonder when the band might drop new music.
Bassist Justin Chancellor recently raised hopes by mentioning that TOOL aims to hit the studio for fresh material after their 2024 tour. This news naturally sparked excitement in the fan community. However, in a recent interview with Loudwire, TOOL‘s vocalist Maynard James Keenan appears to be trying to diminish the building anticipation.
Maynard was asked if there were any plans in place for the band to commence work on a new album, to which he responded: “I never mention anything until we actually have it in our hands, because every time I say it out loud it runs further away like Groundhog Day.”
After Keenan was asked if band meetings ever occur within TOOL after someone publicly brings up possible new music, he added: “To get people wound up and excited about something that doesn’t exist, I think it’s irresponsible.”
In a recent interview on “The Vinyl Guide” podcast, TOOL bassist Justin Chancellor was questioned about whether he and his fellow band members have commenced the creative process for their upcoming album, which would follow their 2019 release, “Fear Inoculum.”
He responded: “We’ve got many ideas cooking. We haven’t recorded anything yet. But we’re quite busy until — I guess until after the spring of next year touring. So once that’s done, we’re gonna get back in the studio and knuckle down and put some of it together. We’ve already had a few pretty decent sessions of writing. So we’ve got the ingredients in place. We’ve just gotta really bang it out and spend that time when we’re not touring.”
When asked if there are any ideas that were recorded during songwriting sessions for previous albums that haven’t been released yet, Justin said: “Yeah, tons from the last album. We have tons of ideas, but not recorded to the standard we’d put on an album. Just kind of, I’d say, lots of demoed stuff. And then just tons of ideas just kind of stored away.”
Currently, TOOL is on a tour, which includes a series of dates, marking their first performances in Canada since 2019. The opening act for all the remaining shows in 2023 is STEEL BEANS.