After years of very little news, all of a sudden there is a ton of Tool bulletins. Singer Maynard James Keenan appeared on comedian Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, this week to announce that the band’s fifth album will be called Fear Inoculum. The long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days is due out on Aug. 30, but the other bit of information Keenan dropped will slake Toolheads’ thirst more directly.
After remaining one of the biggest streaming holdouts, Tool’s entire back catalog will finally hit digital and streaming services this Friday (Aug. 2). “There’s probably some Tool fans that will tune into this specifically to hear some news, so rather than being a dick and waiting till the end to tell them, we should probably tell them upfront,” Keenan told Rogan early in the podcast, explaining the long digital drought. “We’re a very difficult band. We’re very stubborn and kind of ignorant to what goes on in the rest of the world … and the whole Betamax thing didn’t work for us, and neither did LaserDisc, so we have this new thing called digital media and streaming. We’re gonna try it out.”
He then slowly teased out the album title, calling the reveal a “lot of weight lifted off my chest. The four of us are a lot of fucking work. Everything is a fucking committee meeting, and it always gets shut down… When you get successful, you think you’re right about everything. It’s not that bad with us, but there’s [that] dynamic.”
The slow leak of information about the band’s first new music in 13 years has also included a recently unveiled new logo and, in May, the debut a pair of new songs, “Descending” and “Invincible,” during the Welcome to Rockville festival; no track list for Inoculum has been announced yet.
Watch the full Rogan podcast below.