Exclusive: Founding Tool Bassist Paul D’Amour Premieres Song by New Band Feersum Ennjin
Paul D’Amour, the original bassist of Tool, returns to the world of heavy music with Feersum Ennjin’s self-titled debut on November 15, marking his first foray into hard rock since he parted ways with Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones, and Danny Carey in 1995. In anticipation of the album, Feersum Ennjin are unleashing the song “Fishing Ground” right here, right now, for your listening pleasure. Let us know what you think in the comments. Below, D’Amour shares his thoughts.
REVOLVER What inspired you to return to a darker, heavier sound with Feersum Ennjin?
PAUL D’AMOUR I don’t feel like it was a conscious decision but more of a natural progression. I think I have been able to explore a lot of different styles of music but feel most in my element when the music gets physical. But I still love the spaces in-between as well. This band feels like it has that right kind of balance for me–not to get too cerebral about it but there you go.
For people who don’t know, why did you quit Tool in 1995?
Well…hmm, I guess sometimes things just run their course. New steel must be forged and battles fought.
Do you ever regret the decision?
I like to try and live in this moment, not in the past. However, I definitely miss that feeling when the power of those four people playing together was at its peak. There were some amazing moments when things were razor sharp and that wall of sound took over.
What’s this song “Fishing Grounds” about?
It’s sort of a metaphor of an unhealthy relationship that you can’t let go of and a couple drowning at sea. Only they really have the ability to save themselves but are so lost that they choose not to.
Which part of it did you come up with first? What was the inspiration?
It was a series of different guitar parts, maybe even different songs that got strung together. I always feel like the song sort of finds itself if I just get out of the way and let it happen. There wasn’t a specific inspiration but there are emotions that are inherently there in the melodic heart of a song so that the song itself becomes the inspiration.
Was this an easy song to write or record?
The recording was slightly challenging in the fact that I recorded most of it in my rehearsal space and not in a proper studio. Lots of making what you have on hand work. The writing came in a few stages, but once the arrangement was in place, the rest fell in line and was pretty smooth. Maybe a little mixing magic as well.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far
As of writing this it really hasn’t been released yet. We are definitely excited to let it loose into the world!