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!

 

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  • http://twitter.com/jimmyhoffaesq jimmy hoffa

    Very Tool-feeling, however the irony is that it reminds me of Justin Chancellor’s stuff more than the earlier Paul work. Still, I like it. Not some generic crap. Cool bass tone, I always liked that shiny metallic chorus-y sound. Percussion is very Tool-centric too. The guitars are considerably less so.

  • Dreadhed187

    THIS IS COOL REALLY HAS A TOOL FEEL TO IT

  • Angga

    rocks!!

  • Jknutson

    its good to zone to high or straight

  • Majororgan

    Tool vibe yes… but the sound is all Feersum Ennjin. Well done, I look forward to more material. Ill probly go and buy this album if/when its out

  • crossfarce

    Pick up Free Mars by Lusk or The Replicants album if you want to hear more of Paul’s sound.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518317041 Jason Podmore

    I WILL be buying this, having been a Tool fan from the early days this has a Tool vibe but isnt Tool, it stands up in it’s own right and I really like it :) excellent guys :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/christopher.mx4 Christopher Young

    Good stuff…I’d like to hear the album, if there is one.

  • Mwilhelm13

    Definately can hear tool in it. Who can say no to that? Excited to hear the other songs!

  • Abraham

    Se escucha bastante bien !!!!  yo nunca perdi la fe en Paul !!!!

  • Joegiant500

    Feersum Ennjin already has an EP that’s been out about 5 years.  Same sound as the sample heard here….great stuff!!!  Can’t wait for an actual album release and maybe even a tour!

  • The Reaper

    Nice music. Annoying accent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000783988992 Nobly RTen

    I know the pieces fit…

    • Ameen

      lol

    • snowkat

      it does have that sound…

    • Ynaffit1002

      I thought so too.

    • Boogieafterhours

       Umm, Paul had nothing to do with Schism.  He was long gone before that song.

  • Munky

    hells yeah, good jam!!!!

  • Abhijit

    That’s a kick-ass song! 

  • latexsolarbeef

    Holy fuckin’ shit, you really get to hear the influence Paul had while with Tool. Tool fans are gonna snap this shit up.

  • Smoothyjimmybobo

    luv it great 2 have u back

  • Brain3430

    Like it! Does sound like tool, obviously. I hope its a big success.

  • Ncycat

    Excellent.

  • Warmudd

    Dammit. This song has been around for ages.

    But yeah, it is cool and I can’t wait for the album! :)

  • Ellamenopy

    Band or Solo project? If band, who else played on this? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717582196 Carolyn Jaques

    Awesome~ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shanna-Johnson-Champeau/100000239784701 Shanna Johnson Champeau

    You make us all proud Paul!!!!
    Awesome,
    The U.P. Family
    (Kujala’s)

  • Raidine

    It’s beautiful, I like how they all blend and work together. Amazing

  • Skoomahead

    dry, flat and mashed together, not so impressed sorry

  • Jay

    But…
    Song kicks ass. But I think the guitar solo (4th minute or so) is not well exploited or it might be just skip in its actual form. Every thing is slick and tasteful
    Groovy odd meters, nice changes and theme expressed at multiple levels. Wide range of colors in a focussed direction. For the guitar solo, I find it out of its style, maybe less original than the rest… it does not add the something more that it should. I will still enjoy the upcoming album, and hope you can make your tour bus ride to Montreal. Cheers.

  • Rocks Of Tabo

    Sounds like the lost 11th song off of Undertow. I was expecting evolution… Doesn’t sound like Paul has turned a knob on his amp since 95…..

  • Father Fintan Stack

    Never heard the song but was able to sing along.

    “I know the pieces fit.”

  • Fnmjoe

    Sounds like something A Perfect Circle would put out but the vocals are not quite as good.  Not a bad song though.  I’d listen to more of their work.

  • Kjs62

    It’s ok. Trying to sound like Tool? Not happening. There’s only one Tool & this isn’t even close. Good job though Paul. Good to see you still rocking.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Bradford/1401945770 Michael Bradford

      Trying to sound like Tool? He wrote 90% of the first 2 albums. Maybe it is Tool that sounds like him.

    • BikiniBandit

      Since he was part of Tool is understandable that it sound like his old band.

  • Echelon7

    It’s so good to see Paul again,
    I know he wasn’t gone, or forgotten.
    Good song dude, let er rip.

  • Viviette

    Love love love love

  • Theo Keyes

    feersum ennjin like tool the replicants and lusk is an innovation based on a highly evolved sense of magic… excuse me i mean music, Paul is an amazing human and so is his family YOU ARE A PART OF ME thank you  .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642821075 Isaac Helgens

    Love it.  Reminds me of Jawbox or a harder For Love Not Lisa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664163473 Ben Chronister

    yup. it’s tool. just, y’know… not quite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000108293512 Steve Baxter

    Great sound. I’ll be picking this up when it comes out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1183476841 Tim Masbruch

    Wandering, Melodically aggressive, a little heavy on vocals, I like the backbeat.

  • Claczynski

    WELCOME BACK

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emil-J-Vega/100001980418014 Emil J Vega

    I am glad that one of the greatest and talented bassists has returned. Paul D. kicked ass in “Undertow”, an album primarily based on the genius Paul’s bass skills. Opiate also has a lot of contributions from this man. Unfortunately, it is true what they say, “You cannot put two geniuses together in one band (Paul & Keenan)”. Welcome back Paul D’Amour. It sounds great… Will buy it once it comes out! I am sure that Paul will bring great talent and music to the heavy metal arena.