Tool’s Adam Jones is delighted to review the ‘difficult’ writing process

In a recent interview, Tool guitarist Adam Jones seemed delighted to review the band’s “difficult” songwriting process. Remembering the thrill that comes from overcoming such difficulties, he parroted, “Let’s do it again!”

The elated admission came as the musician opened up about the real reasons behind Inoculum of Fearit’s a long wait. The band’s fifth studio album, released last month, took 13 years to emerge after 2006’s. 10,000 days. While a long list of reasons have been theorized for the delay, the guitarist helped clarify how the band members ultimately got over this bump.

“It’s really about having the communication and the discipline and the respect to believe in the other person when you don’t necessarily believe in what they’re bringing,” Jones told Guitar World on Monday (Sept. 16). ). “It’s obviously hard for us to get to the end result sometimes, but it’s that thing where you do something hard and sometimes you hate it, but when it’s done you’re like, ‘Let’s do it. Again !'”

But that’s not all. The guitarist went much further in discussing the new album.

Returning to the fact that Inoculum of Fear‘7empest’ features an early riff from Tool’s Justin Chancellor – one that “probably” predates the bassist’s arrival in the band in 1995 – Jones described what happens when the band’s three instrumentalists start working together . This includes revisiting older documents.

“The three of us get together, we start throwing riffs and tearing them apart, we revisit things we wrote a long time ago that might work with the new stuff,” the guitarist explained. “It’s really about getting back to your roots and remembering why you started in the first place, finding the fire that burned inside you when you started, and not letting success distract you. We always really try to be true to our art form.”

For the other guitarists, Jones also went into some of his techniques in depth elsewhere in the interview. Highlighting the “rhythms and polyrhythms” that revolved around number 7 on the new album, the guitarist touched on everything from guitar pickups (“I still only use the original Seymour Duncan Super Distortion pickups”) to his signature strum /left-handed sweater. technical off: “I did it in the beginning with Tool and you hear it in a lot of our tracks. I see kids doing that song on YouTube and they usually play it badly.”

Speaking in more detail about Tool’s arduous songwriting business, Jones added, “The writing process can be magical and rewarding, or it can be the worst thing in the world and you want to kill the other person.”

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