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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!

Weekly Update 14-May-2018

Another quick weekly update for the Fourtheye faithful!  If you’re one of those lucky enough to go to a Tool show/clinic in the next week and want to avoid spoilers, you should stop reading!

In this weeks edition:

  • Billy & Maynard Wig shopping
  • Setlists and Q&A from Tool Music Clinics
  • New music- Wrong, Skinless, Rivers of Nihil, Sleep

Billy & Maynard Wig shopping

Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle have filmed a short, somewhat funny video for Revolver where they joke around in a wig shop.  It’s not really champagne comedy, but worth a watch.

Setlists and Q&A from Tool Music Clinics

There’s a bunch of posts on Reddit which goes into detail what happened at the recent Tool Music Clinics.  For the most part they sound like a cross between the standard Tool VIP experience, and an intimate instrumental only show.  There’s a pretty cool Mega Thread happening on Reddit which covers and range of questions asked at the first clinic.  Some interesting snippets of info!

At the Northern Invasion Tool show last night, the setlist was more or less the same as we’ve seen the last few years, with a nice addition of Sober.  No doubt a range of videos will pop up on Youtube over the coming days.  Adi Granov provided the artwork for the show.  I’d wager that the show next weekend will have the same artwork

Here’s a few links worth checking out:

New music worth checking out!

  • Do you like Helmet? Wrong sound a lot like an old, angry version of that band, and their albums strays very close to out right copying them at times. They have a new album called Feel Great, and great it is!

  • Skinless are a pretty hard hitting death metal band.  Brutal even.  Their latest album Savagery is a great listen for fans of the genre

  • Also in the Death Metal genre are Rivers of Nihil, though they have a bit more of a prog metal thing going.  Their latest Where Owls Know My Name is well worth a listen!

  • Stoner metal legends Sleep surprised us with an album about the same time as A Perfect Circle released theirs.  You can stream The Sciences here.

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!

Billy talks about the coming Perfect Circle album

In a new interview Billy Howerdel from A Perfect Circle talks about progress on their next album.  For those who want the tl;dr version: writing is pretty much done, and they are using Dave Sardy to produce it:

How is that process affecting work on the new recording?

It’s great to be able to sit back and have someone at the helm driving the computer. It frees me up to ask for things I’d like to see happen. There’s an ego thing in play at the beginning that says, ‘Yeah I wanna do everything myself.’ Sometimes it’s faster to do it yourself and having someone else’s opinion sort of derails that something you have in mind … and you feel you can’t get there quick enough. But it eventually will come to be, anyway. You’ll get there because, ultimately, it’s cool letting someone else have some input and letting go. Then it becomes a collaborative process. Our producer, Dave Sardy is very strong-headed; he has strong opinions. It’s great to work with someone who has made a lot of records, who has seen a lot of records being made. There’s a meeting of the minds there. It’s all interesting and exhausting, a wonderful endeavor.

A Perfect Circle sign with BMG

A Perfect Circle have signed with record label BMG with Billy Howerdel telling us:

We just signed a new record deal with BMG! Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!

A few music sites around the place were pretty quick to jump on the idea that A Perfect Circle would have an album out in 2017.  Maynard pretty quickly hosed down those suggestions with a typically to the point Twitter post:

My thoughts are that unless APC have an album in the bag, it seems unlikely that a 2017 release will happen.  With an A Perfect Circle and Tool tour in the coming months, I find it a little hard to believe either band will find the time to record before Maynard’s wine harvest duties commence.

Sure, they may have written some songs, and could be well down the track towards recording, but there doesn’t seem to be any suggestion they have yet.  It feels very similar to the Tool situation to me – plenty of songwriting, and possibly even some songs done but no actual confirmation of recording happening.

My expectation is that maybe we’ll see a single or EP by years end, with possibly a new song or two in the tour setlist, and then a new full length sometime in 2018.

The question is of course – can Tool and A Perfect Circle both release an album in 2018?

 

A Perfect Circle to tour in May 2017

According to a number of sources, Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan confirmed at last nights Q&A that A Perfect Circle will be touring in 2017, with a show announced for the 7th of May at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

There’s not much other detail at this stage, but word is it will be a decent sized tour and that new material has been worked on.  More details to come soon I expect!

Moderators announced for Maynard James Keenan Book Tour

Moderators for the upcoming Maynard James Keenan book tour have been announced today, and there are some interesting names including Billy Howerdel, Kim Thayil and Alex Grey.  It sounds like these will be pretty interesting events, so get along to one if you get the chance!


Moderators for Maynard’s A Perfect Union of Contrary Things book tour have been announced:

November 9 Nashville, TN City Winery Nashville SOLD OUT
Moderators: Dino Paredes (Suretone Management) & Mark Brooks (Metalocalypse director)

November 10 Wappinger Falls, NY COSM Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Moderator: Alex Grey (Renowned artist/Chapel of Sacred Mirrors founder)

November 11 New York, NY New York Society for Ethical Culture SOLD OUT 
Moderator: Roxy Myzal (HardDrive Radio Producer/beloved radio personality)

November 12 Washington, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Moderator (both 7:30, SOLD OUT, and 10 pm readings): Roxy Myzal (HardDrive Radio Producer/beloved radio personality)

November 14 Toronto, ON Convocation Hall (University of Toronto) 
Moderator: Alan Cross Official (102.1 the Edge Music Director)

November 16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall (7 pm reading) SOLD OUT
Moderator: Amanda Danielson (Owner, Trattoria Stella and The Franklin/Master Sommelier)

November 16 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall (10:30 pm reading)
Moderator: Dirk Flanigan (Executive Chef, Ocean Cut Chicago and Il Coniglio/Former Pigface vocalist)

November 18 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
Moderator (both 7:30, SOLD OUT, and 10 pm readings): Paul Barker (Ministry/Lead Into Gold / Bells Into Machines/Puscifer)

November 19 Seattle, WA Kane Auditorium
Moderator: Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

November 21 San Francisco, CA Herbst Theatre
Moderator: Laura Milligan (aka Hildy Berger/Mr. Show)

November 22 Los Angeles, CA The Montalban
Moderator: Billy Howerdel (A Perfect Circle / ASHES dIVIDE)

November 25 Phoenix, AZ Mesa Arts Center SOLD OUT
Moderator: Kimber Lanning (Local First Arizona / Stinkweeds)

November 26 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
Moderator: Matt Mather (Sommelier at Frasca Food & Wine)

November 27 Dallas, TX Texas Theatre
Moderator: Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips)

Tickets for all dates are on-sale now, with the exception of the Nov. 14 event at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, which are available to the general public on Oct. 14.

Maynard working on new A Perfect Circle?

According to a recent Blabbermouth post, Maynard told Pulse of Radio that he’s been working with Billy Howerdel on some A Perfect Circle tracks:

“I doubt if we’ll do any touring or, you know, do a full album,” he said. “We might do some one-off shows here and there if the timing’s right and it seems like a good vibe and a smart thing to do. But most likely we’ll just kind of concentrate on, you know, one or two songs at a time, rather than investing all the time and money and effort into making those plastic discs that no one cares about anymore.”

I can never find links to the Pulse of Radio interviews on-line (I suspect it’s some kind of radio station) but I think this came from the same interview I quoted yesterday where Maynard mention he expected Tool to be working together again next year.  Personally I hope Maynard finds more time for Tool sooner, rather than playing around with APC again.

Ashes Divide play with Stone Temple Pilots

According to James, Ashes Divide (I forget how that stupid upper/lower-casing of letters goes….) are playing on the Rock on the Range show in Columbus, Ohio.  For anyone who wants to see APC-lite, check them out.

Stone Temple Pilots have reformed for the show too, presuming of course Scott Weiland can get out of rehab.  Good luck!

Billy Howerdel chats with Alternative Nation

Fourtheye forum member Brett asked us for some questions for Billy a few days back, and he’s delivered some answers as part of his interview with the Perfect Circle guitar player. There are even a few Tool related ones:

My last question, I’ll admit a Tool question again, you mentioned in a recent interview again that Maynard is in full Tool mode and that’s why he can’t do [a new album for] A Perfect Circle right now. Do you mean he’s actually writing with them at this point?
I thought it was common knowledge that those guys are putting out a record next year, so he’s been writing for a bit.

That’s good to hear, because a lot of the news that was coming out that they were basically in the same position that you’ve been at with A Perfect Circle. Just writing the music and waiting for Maynard to come about
Yeah, he’s ‘in demand’ I should say.

A great interview well worth checking out!

Also another track, The Hollow from the Live DVD has been released on Loudwire.

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