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Billy explains Eat The Elephant and 10 mind blowing guitar albums

A couple of quick articles about Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle today.  The first is from Kerrang! where he gives us a little insight into each track from Eat The Elephant:

The Doomed

It was in my folder for some of my film soundtrack work. I threw a lot of things at Maynard online and with this one he said, ‘This is a thing but I don’t know what’. We went from there, so I built it out. It really came together one night. It went from being this initial melody to being a long rock song. Maynard committing to working on something will make me go further. I don’t like to put a lot of energy into something if I don’t it’s going to work out.

https://www.kerrang.com/features/a-perfect-circle-talk-us-through-every-track-on-eat-the-elephant/

Second article for your weekend readings is from Music Radar, where Billy discusses the top 10 guitar albums that blow his mind:

7. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Tinderbox (1986)

“There are a lot of great Siouxsie records, so much cool stuff with a lot of good guitar players coming in and out. There was obviously the curated aesthetic that Steven Severin and Siouxsie kept and maintained.

“But this is the one I love most, and it’s definitely one of my go-to records for inspiration. I still look at it as something that set the benchmark, sometimes I feel like I’m on the Tinderbox tour… every tour I’m ever on, basically haha!”

https://www.musicradar.com/news/a-perfect-circles-billy-howerdel-the-10-guitar-albums-that-blew-my-mind

A Perfect Circle are currently on the road, just finishing off a US tour before heading for a few more dates in Europe.  I suspect it’ll be the last chance to see them for a couple of years, so make the most of it!

A Perfect Circle Dog Eat Dog

It was revealed a while back that A Perfect Circle would be releasing a cover of AC/DC‘s Dog Eat Dog for Record Store Day.  The track is now available on Youtube for your discerning opinions.

Personally, I think it’s ok, but unlikely to be a track I return to with any regularity.  I’m not really one who enjoys covers a great deal, and this one doesn’t really add much to the song except for a bit of the APC tone.  Maynard’s vocals are pretty rocky though, and it’s one of the more aggressive recordings we’ve heard him in for a while.

The Record Store Day in question is this Black Friday.  More details here.

A Perfect Circle So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

A Perfect Circle have released a video for their track So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish from their most recent album Eat The Elephant

The track is an interesting one – it’s one of the poppier moments from the album, and certainly on that had me raise my eyebrows on first listen.  My initial reaction was definitely “what the hell is this” but the song actually grew on me quite a bit.  It’s not one of my favorites from the record.  Being a Douglas Adams fan, I’m quite fond of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy reference, and enjoy the somewhat subversive lyrics which seem to be opposed to the style of song presented.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the video:

A Perfect Circle kick off next tour

A Perfect Circle have just kicked off the next leg of their Eat The Elephant tour, the first show being a set the other night at the Grammy Museum in LA.  They also launched a new video for the albums title track:

The tour kicks off with more US dates with Tricky and Night Club in support, while the excellent Chelsea Wolfe supports the European dates:

  • October 20 West Valley City, UT Maverik Center
  • October 22 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • October 24 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheatre
  • October 26 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 
  • October 27 The Woodlands, TX Fall Buzzfest 2018
  • October 29 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
  • October 30 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
  • November 1 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
  • November 2 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
  • November 3 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena 
  • November 6 New York, NY The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • November 7 Baltimore, MD UMBC Events Center 
  • November 9 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre (WRIF Radio Show) 
  • November 10 Madison, WI Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
  • November 11 Minneapolis, MN Armory (93X Radio Show) 
  • November 13 Cedar Rapids, IA U.S. Cellular Center 
  • November 14 Park City, KS Hartman Arena 
  • November 17 Anaheim, CA The Theatre at Honda Center
  • November 18 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea
  • November 20 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
  • December 2 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Academy
  • December 3 Manchester, UK Victoria Warehouse
  • December 5 London, UK Wembley Arena Pavilion
  • December 6 Paris, France Zenith Paris – La Villette
  • December 7 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
  • December 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands AFAS Live
  • December 10 Cologne, Germany Palladium
  • December 12 Copenhagen, Denmark Forum Copenhagen
  • December 13 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
  • December 15 Kraków, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
  • December 16 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
  • December 18 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
  • December 19 Rome, Italy Palalottomatica

Billy speaks with Vice about Eat The Elephant

There have been plenty of interviews with both Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan regarding the new A Perfect Circle record Eat The Elephant. The hype train is starting to wind down a bit now that we’re a few weeks post release, but there’s a new interview up in Vice’s Noisy website with Billy recently, and I think it’s one of the better ones to come out.

Here’s a sample:

How do you pick your battles, or decide when to stand your ground? Depends how intense Maynard gets when arguing with you?
You know, there can be things that are triggering right off the bat. You take a minute and look back and go, “Maybe there’s something to this. Or maybe this is just a power struggle, or maybe this is just…” Like with anything, you kind of have to assess. He’s emotional, I’m emotional, and that’s why we do what we do. There’s baggage that comes with that. My least favorite question about Maynard is: “So what’s it like working with Maynard?” It’s like, “What was it like being breastfed by your mother?” I don’t know—compared to what? I can’t compare it to anything else. It’s all I know. It was just happening.

I will say, you can’t be a great lyricist… If you’re tapping into all this stuff, it can be challenging to be graceful in every other aspect of your life. One thing I’ve learned from working with bands is an understanding of characters. Like when I was a guitar tech, I’d be paired with a lot of big personalities. I think it was understood that I was kind of good at navigating it. Some were tough—you know, like Axl [Rose], Trent Reznor and Billy Corgan. You can’t expect everything to go exactly how you want it to go. But if you can do everything, then why don’t you just do it yourself? Getting back to your initial question, like when do you pick your battles? I have great trust and respect for where Maynard is coming from, what he’s capable of and what he can see. Because I’m down in the trenches and have my head so far in it. He doesn’t bog himself down with the progress the way I do. So I’ll give him that he can see a clearer picture sometimes than I can.

Enjoy!

A Perfect Circle announce Fall US and European dates

Fresh from the release of Eat The Elephant, A Perfect Circle have announced a new set of dates for later this year, with a small run of dates across the US as well as a range of new ones for Europe:

October 20 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
October 22 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
October 24 Austin, TX Austin 360 Amphitheatre
October 29 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
October 30 Orlando, FL CFE Arena
November 1 Charlotte, NC Bojangles’ Coliseum
November 2 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
November 6 New York, NY The Theater at Madison Square Garden
November 17 Anaheim, CA The Theatre at Honda Center
November 18 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea
November 20 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
December 2 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Academy
December 3 Manchester, UK Victoria Warehouse
December 5 London, UK SSE Arena Wembley
December 7 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
December 13 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
December 15 Kraków, Poland Tauron Arena Kraków
December 16 Vienna, Austria Wiener Stadhalle
December 18 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
December 19 Rome, Italy Palalottomatica

US dates on sale Friday.

Europeans shows on sale Wednesday.

Check your usual ticketing venues/websites.

Good deal for European fans, seeing them a couple of times this year.  A little disappointed there’s not a run of Australian shows.  I don’t think there are big enough gaps in the calendar for that to happen now – perhaps early 2019.

Review: A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant

“This is not going to go the way you think” a prominent quote from the most recent Star Wars movie The Last Jedi – and I expect the latest A Perfect Circle album will be greeted with similar levels of division within the fanbase.  Seemingly gone is the goth-tinged hard rock of the first two albums, Eat The Elephant greets us with a range of largely more mellow, yet more diverse sounds.

It starts off with the title track Eat The Elephant, with an abrupt piano jerking us into their world, with some jazz vibes and some very deep notes.  Maynard sings about the need to begin, the Elephant seemingly a metaphor for a large project.

The second track Disillusioned matches the bands stance on phones/photos at concerts, and encourages us to reconnect at a less digital level. Many are somewhat critical of this stance, however personally I both like the message (it’s not pressing for a full digital disconnect) and think the track is one of the best on this album.

The Contrarian is the first “new” track that jumped out to me as being great – Maynard’s vocals take on an eerie tone throughout, with a range of singing techniques and layered vocals telling the tale.  It then breaks out into what is one of the more traditional APC like moments as it finishes with bang.

The lead single for the album is The Doomed, and it’s one that after reading many Fourtheye comments a selection of you felt were some kind of “theme” for the album.  Many sick of politics had ruled the album (and track) a dud, merely because they didn’t want to hear Maynard singing about politics.  In the end those fans needn’t have worried, as the album didn’t end up the big political protest that some feared.  The Doomed is a solid track, and definitely one of my favorites from the album.  Not to mention probably the heaviest moment.

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish is quite the interesting track.  On the first couple of listens this upbeat and more poppy piece had me scratching my head and wondering what had happened to the band.  Even after a number of listens, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of this song, but I admire that Billy & Maynard have tried a few different things on this album.  This album really doesn’t sound like any other APC record.

TalkTalk was the final single released during the album promotion phase, and is another high point of the album.  The message is a quite topical one, and the chorus pretty catchy.  It’s a pretty vanilla song, but works quite well.

By And Down The River is a rerecording of By And Down from their greatest hits album Three Sixty.  I didn’t think much of the track then, and this new version doesn’t really change my mind on it.  Apparently Billy thinks it’s one of their best songs though, so I guess I must be missing something!

Almost straying into rock ballad territory is the track Delicious, but with a ballsier chorus and an almost Smashing Pumpkins like solo at the end.

DLB is one of those moody instrumentals that people like.  It sounds cool and all, but I expect I’d skip over it on most listens.  Not sure what DLB stands for though!

During recent tours the band played the tracks Hourglass and Feathers.  Hourglass has a distinctive synth sound which really draws attention to it, with Maynard chanting along.  Hard to judge tracks based on sketchy Youtube videos, but it never really seemed to translate live for me. One the record though, you can feel the vibe of the track – Maynard experiments quite a bit vocally on this track, not all of it works though.  It’s certainly one of the more interesting parts of the album, but ultimately it falls a little flat for me.

Feathers was the other track previewed live.  It really doesn’t do a great deal for me.  It plods along at a pretty mellow place, and doesn’t really take me anywhere.

The album leaves with a final piece called Get The Lead Out.  Lyrically it seems to play off similar themes to the title track, and has an almost trip-hop vibe in parts.  It’s a cool way to end the album, and for me one of the more experimental moments that clicked for me.

So after a few listens, the album began to gel a little.  It’s a great sounding album – Billy Howerdel and Dave Sardy have done a great job capturing the music, and Maynard’s vocals are strong, though somewhat unorthodox in parts.  He uses many vocal effects and layering not seen outside of Puscifer, and it mostly works.

Some will go to great lengths to work out lyrical jabs at Tool and other things, but my advice is to largely go with the flow.  Don’t read too much into what Maynard writes – it’s just part of the meal that is the elephant.

I’m not going to give this album a score.  I think overall it is a few notches below Mer De Noms and Thirteenth Step, however I do prefer it to eMotive.  Sure, I would have liked a more “traditional” APC album, but I didn’t walk away disappointed after listening, though perhaps a little underwhelmed.  It’s an album that feels like Maynard and Billy are trying to reach beyond the expectations of what A Perfect Circle is all about, and it misses the mark as often as it hits.  I am very interested to see what the future of this band holds though.  Is this one last crack, or will they continue this project over the years to come.?

Maynard chats with Lars and other Eat the Elephant related interviews

Plenty of Maynard James Keenan in the press at the moment, the most interesting of which are a chat with Lars Ulrich from Metallica, and a piece for The Australian.

Firstly, Maynard speaks in a video interview with Lars Ulrich.  It’s a reasonable broad interview, touching on A Perfect Circle, as well as it’s relationship with the other bands in Maynard’s arsenal:

Also out in the last week, Andrew McMillen from The Australian had a pretty insightful chat with Maynard about the construction of Eat The Elephant:

Well, to put it another way, then. Do you recall which song went through the most revisions from the time that Billy initially sent the musical idea to you?

Oh, jeez. All of them. Yeah, they all evolve so much. Then we go down blind alleys, turn around and come back. Yeah, I don’t know. They all go through so many changes, and those changes can be quick, it might be like we mentioned; it could be that the music went through a million changes and all of a sudden, the lyrics came almost overnight, once it was settled.

You’re unique as a lyricist in that sense that you juggle writing for three different, popular bands. Do you have any personal rules or criteria that you use to determine whether a thought or idea would be best expressed through each of these outlets, and not the others?

No, never. It’s all about the music. It’s all about conversations. The way you speak to your mother is far different than the way you speak to your college roommate, or a bartender, or the mailman. You just honour those conversations that are in front of you; those subject matters, that music, it’ll all take that direction.

Stay tuned for my thoughts on Eat The Elephant sometime later today!

 

APC’s Eat The Elephant Released Today, 4/20

 Find it HERE on various platforms

APC Store

Please be aware:
If you approach this album with a newbie attitude… good luck, you’re on your own.

Maynard speaks as Eat the Elephant publicity train ramps up

In case you’d forgotten, the new A Perfect Circle album Eat The Elephant comes on April 20, and as we’d expect both Billy and Maynard are featuring quite heavily in various forms of media at the moment as the promote it.  Two of the better articles I’ve come across recently are below.

The first is an interview with Revolver magazine, in which Maynard speaks at length about the writing and recording process for the album:

On Eat the Elephant, Howerdel worked with producer Dave Sardy. And rather than collaborate side-by-side with Keenan on each track from beginning to end, most of the vocals were done in Arizona and engineered by Puscifer’s Mat Mitchell. It’s a process Keenan now prefers for all his projects. The singer also traveled to the guitarist’s home studio in L.A. “to kind of nudge things forward” and go over ideas.

Keenan was back at the vineyard in time for the harvest, and traded recordings back and forth with Howerdel online. “We were actually on parallel paths, getting things done,” says Keenan. “When I start to dig into the content, the melodies, the words,” the singer explains, he becomes something more like “an Italian mother in the kitchen: ‘Get the fuck out. Dinner’s not ready, get out. Need the kids out of the kitchen!'”

There’s a few light hearted jabs at Tool in the interview as well, and it’s well worth the read.

The second is an interview with Matt Pinfield:

It’s a pretty length discussion about A Perfect Circle, touring and various other interests of Maynard’s (don’t expect Tool chat).

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