PAUL D'AMOUR Biography - Musicians


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Name: Paul D'Amour                                                                   
Born: 12 May 1967                                                                   
Paul D'Amour (born May 12, 1967 in Spokane, Washington) was the original bassist     
for Tool. His bass sound was ultimately characterized by the aggressive picked       
tone he developed with his Rickenbacker 4001CS that can famously be heard on         
Tool's first LP, Undertow.                                                           
Originally a guitar player, D'Amour became Tool's bassist after being introduced     
to the band by guitarist Adam Jones. Like Jones, D'Amour was in Los Angeles         
because of his wish to enter the film industry. He hadn't played music for a         
while and was thinking about giving it up.                                           
In 1995 D'Amour left Tool because of a desire to do something more experimental.     
After his departure from the band, he formed the critically acclaimed               
psychedelic pop band Lusk with Brad Laner, Chris Pitman (now of Guns N' Roses),     
and ex-Failure member Greg Edwards (now of Autolux). In 1997 they released their     
only album to date, titled Free Mars.                                               
Prior to his departure from Tool, D'Amour also played guitar in a side-project       
called Replicants, a cover band that included Ken Andrews and Greg Edwards from     
Failure, as well as Chris Pitman. They released one self-titled album in 1995,       
with a guest appearance from former Tool band-mate, Maynard James Keenan.           
As of early 2005, D'Amour has been writing and performing under the name Feersum     
Ennjin, which owes its phonetically spelled name to the science fiction novel       
Feersum Endjinn by Iain Banks - an author whose novel The Wasp Factory was           
conceptual inspiration for Lusk as well. The project has one self-titled EP         
released on Silent Uproar Records.