Maynard James Keenan Says He Borrowed Ideas From Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor For A Perfect Circle: “I’m Stealing From His Stolen Goods”

During a recent interview with Rick Beato, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) admitted to taking ideas from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor for A Perfect Circle. He specifically cited “The Fragile,” saying that Reznor is “stealing shit all over that album” and that he is “stealing from his stolen goods.”

Keenan said the following:

“…That’s again stealing—professionals steal, right?—and so, really looking at the work of people like PJ Harvey, Trent [Reznor] on ‘The Fragile‘—he’s stealing shit all over that album, but I’m stealing from his stolen goods. I think space was the thing that really… I wanted to hear more space in some of the A Perfect Circle stuff. So going back to my original influences of The Swans‘ early ‘Holy Money‘ & ‘Greed‘ albums, just the huge cavern of space that are in those albums. Simple rhythms, just primal in their approach.

I wanted to see more of that in… I mean when you think of A Perfect Circle and Swans, they’re not the same thing. But logistically if you look at the waveforms on a screen of those songs, you see the space in ‘The Noose‘ that might match the space on the screen of a Swans song. And that was the point of like leaving space, to let your brain keep going in the middle of the spaces.

And Josh [Freese] is a great drummer, but I remember on ‘The Noose‘ going ‘stop playing right there. Don’t play through, stop.’ And he was like ‘Ohhh.’ ‘Cause he’s already done that in other things, but you have to remind him, you’ve already done something like this. Do that again, leave space. And it really sells the atmosphere of the track. As contrasting to ‘Weak And Powerless‘, which is like a metronome just right through your head. Again, stolen from Trent. Don’t tell him. Don’t watch this Trent.”

On another note, Keenan also shared an update on Puscifer’s current plans:

“During COVID we shot four pay-per-views, two of which are coming out this fall. We got ‘Conditions Of My Parole‘—the whole album start to finish with a bunch of Billy D and Hildy bits mixed in. We’ve got a whole set of—we’re calling it ‘V Is For Versatile’—it’s the [‘V Is For Vagina‘] era of music, completely revamped again, and we did it at Sunset Sound. We recorded a whole concert film/studio documentary. Those two things are coming out right around Halloween, so I’m very excited about those and then of course simultaneously released the audio for those as well.”

[via The PRP]

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