Goddamnit: They make great heady-prog metal and lame 8th-grade dick jokes.
I’ve always thought the guys in Tool were jokesters, with the butt of the joke always being the audience (and I’m pretty sure I’m not the one who discovered this). Whether it’s frat boys who are in it for the heavy, hippies who are in it for the trip, hipsters who are in it for the intellectual argument, music heads who are in it for the music, or some combination/variation thereof – no matter how you categorize a tool fan, it’s clear this music is layered enough to reach out in all directions with a very clear voice. Do I think they’re the greatest band on earth? No. Do I still listen to them after 20 years? Yeah, from time to time. And I love it when I do. They great make heady-prog metal and lame 8th-grade dick jokes. They ask you to solve a complex math problem and then they pants you in front of the class. That’s the line they walk, and they appear to walk it fully aware of what they are. I don’t know exactly what that is, but what I do know is that when I see someone with a “Tool” t-shirt on, I know that that person is either in on the joke or…well…the name says it all.
Mumford and Sons: The Dave Matthews Band of the 21st Century.