It’s an idea he’s expressed prior, voicing it this past April. However, since then it would appear that no progress has been made on that front.
Speaking to Skinny Puppy yesterday, August 09th, Carey said of that and the band’s current happenings:
“Tool hasn’t been jamming. 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.
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.”
According to Carey, the downtime from the COVID-19 pandemic also cost the band ‘the biggest American tour’ they had ever planned. He stated:
“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. 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. We’re waiting and hoping. If not, we’ve got some stuff held over in Germany and all over Europe in January and February, so I’m hoping that will come through if nothing else.”
As of now, there are still no plans for the release of ‘Fear Inoculum‘ on vinyl. However, industry whispers suggest it will be before the end of 2020.
We’ll keep you up to speed on all things Tool as it happens. Stay tuned…