Tool, the now-iconic rock band who formed in 1990 and pioneered a genre, are currently unsigned and without a record label.
With five studio albums to their name—the most recent coming in the shape of 2019 effort Fear Inoculum—Tool have sold well over 13 millions records to date and continue to have a relentlessly committed fanbase.
Having previously been associated with labels such as Sony imprint Volcano, Zoo, RCA and their own Tool Dissectional effort, the band now face the unusual situation of being an unsigned group after their relationship with RCA came to an end.
Despite the uncertainty, the group still want to release new material which has been heavily influenced by the recent health crisis lockdown. “Tool hasn’t been jamming,” drummer Danny Carey said in a new interview. “We’ve been just kind on hiatus. Nothing’s really been happening. But I think it’s time. We kept hoping that we were gonna get back out, so we were just kind of, ‘Hey, enjoy this while it lasts,’ but now it’s looking like it could go to the rest of the year, so we need to get the lead out and start functioning — maybe knock out another EP, at least, or something like that.
Carey added: “We’ve never really done that since our first release—done an EP—so I thought it would be kind of nice to do something like that. We don’t have a record deal anymore—we’re free agents—so we can kind of release whatever we wanna release now, which is a good feeling.”
“We got in some pretty good touring, luckily, right after the new year, and come March, we were just taking off on about a 10-show run, and then we were gonna have a little break and then start the biggest American tour we’ve ever done,” Carey continued. “So that was a heartbreaker when all that hit the fan. So we’re just kind of in suspension now.
“We have dates held in November and December, but it’s highly unlikely that’s gonna pan out. We’re kind of at the mercy of the NBA and the NHL at this point. If they start having games, then we’ll get to tour, because it’s pretty much the same venues we do our gigs in.”
See the interview, below.