A Chattanooga-based band will pay tribute to the music of Tool at Revelry Room Saturday night.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the box office the day of the show or online here.
The ideas of influence, imitation and homage have long been recycled through the history of modern music, with bands attempting to utilize various influences to create a tribute without losing out to rote imitation.
Here within this idea of spirited reimagining is where Chattanooga band PLVNET first developed the idea that would lead to their taking on the task of bringing the music of hard rock legends Tool to the stage. Heavily influenced by the churning rhythms and dense lyrical narratives common to any given Tool record, the band decided to pay homage to one of their greatest influences. They'll be presenting "10,000 Days": A Night of Tool at Revelry Room, where they'll attempt to wrangle these knotty rock sounds for their audience.
Composed of singer Wes Hartman, guitarist Jonas "Nathanimal" Luttrell, guitarist Will Martin, drummer Josh Cannon, bassist Alex Condra, keyboardist/percussionist Michael "Red" Souther and James "Kid Saturn" Wood, who handles turntables and creates the atmospheric soundscapes that mark much of the band's work, PLVNET reaches back to the early fathers of hard rock (think Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin) for inspiration, as well as adopts the mantle of bands whose work skews more toward a modern metal noise such as Metallica or System of a Down.
Recently, Luttrell sat down with Nooga.com to answer a few questions about the upcoming show.
Where did the idea for this show come from?
The idea was born from a certain amount of necessity brought on by frustration we were experiencing in trying to get new listeners out to PLVNET shows. We've covered the song "Stinkfist" for a couple of years now, and after playing it at rehearsal one night last fall, our bassist, Alex Condra said, "We should do a whole show and play nothing but Tool covers." A couple of us just kind of laughed ... and a couple of us got excited about the idea. The idea stuck around, and we started really working on it at the end of February.
I'm assuming this goes without saying, but is everyone in the band a huge fan of Tool?
I was probably the exception in a group that's otherwise full of superfans. It's not like I disliked Tool previously, but so much of what I listen to is based on whether I dig the guitar work because that's what I play. Adam Jones never particularly grabbed me before, but I am now decisively a fan. After having the opportunity to really dig in on his work, it became obvious that I had clearly misjudged him as this sort of Neanderthal banging out a bunch of metal riffs on guitar. He plays with so much more finesse and control than I ever gave him credit for.
Did the band find it particularly difficult to rehearse, given the complicated nature of Tool's music?
Yes and no. Everyone was really good about practicing their own individual parts outside of rehearsal, which made our collective rehearsals move fairly quickly. That and our primary objective to "not suck" kept us all supportive of one another in trying to help each other through those really tricky parts where we have to break out the trigonometry to make sure we all transition in and out of certain parts at the same time without having a train wreck. It's worth mentioning that even Tool has the occasional train wreck on this stuff. It's not easy.
Are you drawing from all the band's releases for the show?
Yes. We will touch on every single Tool release for this show.
Were there any friendly arguments about which songs to include?
Not really. There are certain songs that we all knew had to be included, and so we pushed to make sure that those were ready in time for the 20th. We also have the "long" list that we simply did not have the time to learn that will be on future sets. There is one song that we tried so hard to have ready for Saturday that I won't name but I'll just say has been begrudgingly shifted to the long list.
Does the band have a single favorite Tool record, or is there quite a bit of difference in everyone's opinion?
If I were to base the answer on the way this first set list has shaped up, "Ænema" would probably be the clear winner as a group favorite. Their first EP, "Opiate," probably drew the least enthusiasm—yet when we held some online polls asking fans about which tracks they would like to hear us play, there were definitely several people that requested something off "Opiate." So we did add one of those tracks to the set, and it's probably not the one people would expect.
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