Blair has revealed the December 2018 Tool Newsletter on the band’s official web site, and it’s an interview with Matthew Smith, the proprietor of the Tool fansite Fourtheye.internet. Smith proposes the concept Tool’s new album may come out on April 1st, and Blair doesn't reply to this concept.
Here’s an interview that I did with Matthew “Hellboy” Smith, the creator/proprietor of the informative and entertaining Tool fan website www.fourtheye.internet.
BMB: How did you turn out to be a fan of Tool’s music? Do you bear in mind the primary time you heard them (album, CD, radio?) And when and the place was the primary time you heard them dwell?
MATT: I bear in mind studying about Tool earlier than I’d truly heard them within the now defunct Australian journal Hot Metal. Not lengthy after, I heard Sober on the radio however by no means actually went additional with the band. Fast ahead a couple of years, and I bear in mind listening to Stinkfist on Triple J, was instantly hooked by the alternating vocal types and bought the Ænima the following day. I used to be fairly bemused on first hear although – I believed I used to be getting a extra conventional rock album, and actually didn’t know what to suppose by the top of it particularly when Third Eye got here on. It was in contrast to something I’d heard earlier than, as my publicity to progressive rock at the moment was fairly minimal.
My first dwell present was on the Lateralus tour again in 2001, their first Australian leg in Sydney. They skipped Adelaide on that tour, so I flew over to see it with a pal who lived on the town. Our seats have been method off to the facet, which I believed could be a bit crap, however because it turned out it gave us a fantastic view of Danny. I’ve seen Tool a bunch of instances since then, one of many highlights being the Big Day Out the place Rammstein joined them on stage and set hearth to a drumkit!
BMB: So, how did FOURTHEYE come about? Are you the programmer or did you've assist? How lengthy has the positioning existed and what plans do you've for the long run? Do you bear in mind your very first put up?
MATT: Having been a programmer for a while, I are likely to have a technical method to how I eat information and knowledge. Back in 2006, I subscribed to a spread of music blogs utilizing RSS feeds and the lengthy since discontinued Google Reader. I managed to seek out feeds for a lot of bands I used to be fascinated with, however not Tool. Using RSS meant that you simply didn’t have to go to the web site on a regular basis, because the Reader would test for you. Kabir’s wonderful toolshed.down.internet didn’t have one both, nor did Toolband or Toolarmy, so I made a decision there was a niche that wanted to be stuffed.
Interesting to notice that even after Toolband lastly received up to date, it nonetheless didn’t have an RSS feed!
The first information put up on the eighth of June, 2005 was letting readers learn about a upcoming interview with Maynard on some radio present referred to as Barely Legal. Listeners have been invited to name and converse with him, who from reminiscence roughly refused to speak about Tool.
As for the way forward for the positioning – I don’t see it altering a fantastic deal in the way in which it operates. It’s a considerably bloated set up of WordPress in the intervening time, and I’d prefer to migrate it to one thing extra light-weight, however that takes extra time than I've to provide (for now).
BMB: Does all of the work on the positioning come as a labor of affection or do membership charges pay for it?
MATT: The website doesn’t value a lot to run, thanks to some issues. Firstly Daniel Green, who runs toolnavy.com and the superb Amazon Price Tracker camelcamelcamel.com, donates server house, which helps tremendously to maintain prices down. Secondly I exploit a membership/donation program through Paypal, in addition to Google Adsense to assist fund different incidental prices. The time I put into it's definitely a labour of affection, I doubtless spend Four-5 hours per week writing posts and moderating boards
BMB: How do you get your Tool-related information? How frequently do you test different websites? Do you've sources with different websites that offer you a heads up in addition to mates near a band member that offer you some inside information? I bear in mind giving somebody information to provide you that I couldn’t put up formally. Did you get this? (It was from somebody that knew Danny.)
MATT: These days, social media is the king for as much as the minute Tool information. The Toolband Subreddit might be my major supply of knowledge as of late – if one thing has been posted on the web that’s Tool associated, it’s usually on there typically inside minutes of being posted. It’s a firehose like setting, with a spread of Tool information and discussions coming thick and quick. On Fourtheye I are likely to take the standard over amount method, and I feel my readers choose the extra curated feed versus the wild west of social media.
I've a couple of sources that give me snippets of information right here and there, although I’d word that lots of them have been fairly quiet the previous couple of years. I don’t wish to be that man who retains bugging individuals on a regular basis, so are likely to allow them to come to me with data if and after they have any. The frequent hyperlink is that they're virtually at all times mates of Danny! A pair I do know nothing about apart from their e mail handle, one particularly having offered a fairly fascinating recording from what I feel was the Loft a couple of years in the past…
BMB: Have you ever banned somebody from the positioning. If so, for what purpose?
MATT: No thrilling tales right here I’m afraid – most banning occurs when individuals say foolish stuff, or attempt to make Fourtheye a cleaning soap field for his or her typically twisted political beliefs.
BMB: What was your favourite April Fool’s Day joke? Will there be any extra Tool chicanery sooner or later?
MATT: I feel my favourite April Fools prank was Kabir’s Listening Party prank in 2006: http://toolshed.down.internet/information/april06/
April Fools joke is tough to come back by as of late, because it must be convincing sufficient to make you suppose twice. I’m nonetheless not satisfied these listening events weren’t actual!
I’ve run a few pranks on Fourtheye through the years, in all probability my favourite being the one the place Adam changed Maynard with Axl Rose.
Tool have been fairly quiet of late on the April Fools entrance. Could Tool pull the final word prank, and launch their subsequent album on April 1st, 2019?
BMB: Are you a musician? If so what instrument do you play?
MATT: I play a bunch of devices poorly, however am in all probability finest identified for enjoying the bass in a brief lived Adelaide punk band referred to as Undertone.
BMB: Besides Tool, what are a few of your favourite bands as of late?
MATT: I nonetheless take heed to loads of new music, and have in truth simply revealed my prime 10 albums of 2018. If I have been to listing my favorite bands that aren’t Tool, they might be: Faith No More, The Jesus Lizard, Living Colour, Shellac, The Mark of Cain, Primus, Cog, The Melvins, Rammstein, Front End Loader and Propagandhi
BMB: Do you've one other job that limits the period of time that you would be able to commit to FOURTHEYE?
What about leisure actions and hobbies?
MATT: While not writing about Tool, I work as an eCommerce Web Developer for a consultancy right here in South Australia. I've many hobbies, however the one which sucks up most of my time is caving. I spend many weekends every year exploring caves round our stunning nation. In reality tomorrow I head off to Tasmania for the following Australian Speleological Federation Caving Conference held in Devonport.
BMB: What is essentially the most harmful wildlife you’ve encountered whereas residing Down Under?
MATT: Dangerous wildlife is without doubt one of the many challenges of being Australian, and crossing paths with a spread of venomous snakes and spiders is each day incidence. I used to be noting simply yesterday that there was a cluster of red-back spiders in some brickwork within the again yard that wants addressing. And simply final month we had an area Drop Bear infesting one among our gum bushes.
BMB: If you can hear Tool play any music dwell, what would it not be? Also, what would you want to listen to on the brand new album that you simply don’t suppose you’ll hear?
MATT: Tool love visiting Australia, so I’ve been fortunate sufficient to tick most of my bins from their final three albums.
BMB: Have you ever met any of the band members?
MATT: Despite being backstage a few instances, I’ve solely ever spoken with Justin, and even then briefly. I did get to have a superb chat with Junior as soon as after the present – a really pleasant and fascinating man. Well price saying g’day to should you see him slacking off within the lighting sales space.
BMB: What rumored ‘secret’ about Tool would you most prefer to know the reality about?
MATT: Not a lot a ‘secret’ per se, however I’ve at all times been inquisitive about how Faaip De Oiad would sound dwell. Purportedly it was performed dwell again in 2002 after the Reno and Oklahoma reveals, some 20 minutes after the same old set had completed. Given that I consider Tool have recorded each present, I'm wondering if they might ever share this Tool rarity with the remainder of the group.