Tool Posts 37 Minutes Of Crickets Chirping For April Fools Day

Tool took to Twitter at midnight on Monday, April Fools Day, (April 1st) to post a YouTube clip titled "Sounds of Night Crickets," which was literally 37 minutes of crickets chirping at night. The stunt was similar to one in 2015, when the band posted a short clip of music from a Mexican group online and claimed it was a new song.

Tool's April Fools Day pranks go back farther than that, as singer Maynard James Keenan told us a while back: "There's a lot of people online that apparently can't read very well. I put an April Fool's notice up there for the album release, and it was 2011, I said, 'New Tool album, such-and-such a date, 2009, and everybody ran around like, 'Oh, really, the new Tool --?' God, you guys are dumb. I swear to God. You've got to read."

The crickets clip garnered some clever responses from fans, with one replying, "I see you’ve opted for a shorter song intro for the new album," and another writing, "Best new Tool song in over a decade." Tool responded several hours later with a video of crickets chirping in slow motion.

Jokes aside, it does seem that Tool has completed work on its new album. Keenan reported in February that the long-awaited LP will likely arrive between mid-May and mid-July. In early March, the band posted a photo with mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, implying that the album was either about to be mastered or already completed.

The quartet will also hit the road in just over a month for a U.S. tour that kicks off at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 5th, and ends at the Chicago Open Air festival in Bridgeview, Illinois on May 19th.