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.

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rinkwhopper
rinkwhopper
2 years ago

“I feel like this record is … I don’t want to sound trite, but I am more proud of this than anything we’ve done.”

I feel like he is expected to say something like this for each record.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  rinkwhopper
2 years ago

Yeah I guess you could call that “selling” the album… Standard obligation for anybody putting anything out I guess.

Look at all the hype before Deftones “Gore” came out… that album was a giant piece of shit. But every “music news” outfit said it was their best effort to date. Chino blasted it all over the place in every interview “This is our best and most interesting album so far.” <– Not an actual quote but something along those lines.

Means nothing until it hits the ears of the fans and then it's out of their hands completely.

bsfurr
bsfurr
Reply to  Z-Werewolf
2 years ago

Gore was awesome. Check your cynicism bro-tator-chip

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  bsfurr
2 years ago

Just my opinion BrotoType.

atarigw
atarigw
Reply to  bsfurr
2 years ago

The only people I’ve consistently seen shitting on Gore have been the same people who were shitting on KNY, and so I’ve been taking most of their opinions with a strong grain of salt.

atarigw
atarigw
Reply to  atarigw
2 years ago

Sorry, saying “the only” is hyperbole; but it’s definitely seemed like a lot from what I’ve read around the web.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  atarigw
2 years ago

Koi No Yokan is easily one of their best albums. I feel like White Pony, Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan are the perfect Trilogy. I also love self titled Deftones. The only two albums I haven’t liked so far have been Saturday Night Wrist and Gore… Doesn’t make me love Deftones any less of course. I fucking love that band and can’t wait for them to release a new album that will likely blow Gore out of the water. Strangely, both of the albums I hate from Deftones are albums created when there was turmoil within the band. Stephen… Read more »

bsfurr
bsfurr
Reply to  Z-Werewolf
2 years ago

You say a lot of words… and I’m like, tired of hearing you say them?

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  bsfurr
2 years ago

Cool story bro.

dslet
dslet
2 years ago

Dave Sardy is an excellent producer at least. His sister Marcia was in my favorite band the Fall for a few years. I’m excited to hear MJK in non-Puscifer mode for the first time in years. The chances of it being average/poor are usually high when a band doesn’t function for years, but remember that Billy was saving up demos/riffs for years and years before Mer de Noms and the formation of APC…it’s a natural way for him to work, it seems, in the context of APC material.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  dslet
2 years ago

It will also be interesting because a few years or more back there was an interview with Maynard where is said something to the tune of “LP’s aren’t the way to go anymore. People only care about singles so maybe an EP at most is probably the way we will go.” something along those lines. Will be interesting for sure but I’m not getting my hopes up.

lukas
lukas
2 years ago

early 2018 release? sooner than i expected

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  lukas
2 years ago

Better to get the pretentious drivel that it will be out of the way early in the year so that Tool can be focused on.

bloo-mune
bloo-mune
2 years ago

Oh no! Lesser Key might have competition now. 😉

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
2 years ago

I don’t think APC could have played a better set at Aftershock and they sounded amazing.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  Z-Werewolf
2 years ago

Not sure we can take the opinion of someone who claims Gore was a “Giant piece of shit” seriously.

smithersSOCAL
smithersSOCAL
Reply to  Maynerd
2 years ago

who said gore was a piece of shit?

as someone who’s rose colored tool glasses came off long ago (also I’m Ogt…)…. APC was just meh.

Mayjay sounded good but RTJ and NIN blew APC off the stage. i think the people in tool land aren’t aware that so many bands are bringing it and not being lazy. you can’t just stand on your pedestal and let your fans worship you.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  hellboy1975
2 years ago

NIN did a great job as well no complaints there. APC had a great set and sounded awesome I don’t think there’s any comparison to NIN and it’s weird that you think so little of that APC set…

As for GORE… Still a total pile of shit and that doesn’t have to be your opinion. Stop trying to create tension where there is none.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  hellboy1975
2 years ago

I saw APC back when they did the album a night tour. I went to the Mer De Noms night with high expectations. Matt McJunkins fucked every single song up and Maynard sounded like shit.

Bands have off nights it happens… I saw Glassjaw two years ago in SF and they blew it out of the water just amazing show.

Saw them again at Aftershock the next day and they must have had a bogus mix or something because it sounded like they were all playing in different bands on one stage just a complete shit show.

smithersSOCAL
smithersSOCAL
Reply to  hellboy1975
2 years ago

APC is more like a late model lexus sedan with a dented fender

i only caught a few songs of APC. i wanted to get close for NIN. trent is really into it as are the
other members. so
its fun. heck. the whole day was good. gojira, mastodon. eagles of death metal. i’d rank APC below all
of those bands. there just isn’t any excitement anymore with regard to mayjay/tool, etc… for me at least.

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  smithersSOCAL
2 years ago

I was really stoked on Gojira but I felt like their set was a little meh? However, Mastodon… do not fucking ever let me down. They are so great live I’ve seen them 7 times now. I don’t listen to their albums but live… I’m all for it… amazing. Last time I saw them was at Ace of Spades in Sacramento and for any of you that have been there you know how special that is. That place is so intimate. As for NIN… WOW! they are so amazing live. I really like Robin Finck and I know he’s “OG”…… Read more »

sularetal
sularetal
2 years ago

Any thoughts on Adam’s comment a few days back? Rehearsal for what?
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Today’s secret word* #theNonPolyPoly 🌀 ⚓️ 🎸 #TOOL #rehearsal

KHAN
KHAN
Reply to  sularetal
2 years ago

I believe based on the anchor emoji that it is a rehearsal for Danny and legend of the seagull man. Could be wrong

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  sularetal
2 years ago

Was this twitter or instagram or something? If they are getting ready to launch a tour I can’t wait… I’ll be buying VIP again for sure.

Undertowjones
Undertowjones
2 years ago

I thought I had it all figured out , they were doing it all so vague and hush as to not have it leak early . I really thought it would be out this year or early next. I’m sure it will come eventually but I’m done guessing . Here’s hoping one more actually happens and if it does that is the pinnacle of their career

Z-Werewolf
Z-Werewolf
Reply to  Undertowjones
2 years ago

Yeah just let it go man that’s what most of us are doing. It will get here when it gets here. When it does get here… it will be amazing no doubt.

Maynerd
Maynerd
Reply to  Undertowjones
2 years ago

If Tool announced in a year or two that they are deciding to split up because they simply cannot create the new music to their standards, and are just sick of the struggle of trying to get the chemistry between them to work, I think I can say almost certainly that I would not be surprised at all now. Last year and this year has just left me with zero expectations. I believe that they are trying and all that, I just don’t think about it anymore, don’t discuss it with friends anymore like I used to, it’s just a… Read more »

KHAN
KHAN
Reply to  Maynerd
2 years ago

I would be surprised. Because to me it sounded in Justin’s interview when he said they were “about 90% there” an that they were just gonna “bang it out” when they get back, that they are at the point where they are finally happy an ready with the material an may just have a few finishing touches to do until Maynard can have the all the material to write lyrics to. He sounded enthusiastic an more willing to talk about it rather then previous interviews where he would say “don’t ask that question”.

Jethro Tool
Jethro Tool
2 years ago

Agreed. And I think MJK has known this is the case for 10 years.

hawaiimeekus
hawaiimeekus
2 years ago

Caught Camden (/Philly) last night. If the next album is represented by the new tracks in the set, most of the Tool-heads will loathe it and finally peel off. GOOD RIDDANCE. Dudes in the row behind me were shit-talking the set list in the middle of previously unheard tracks. I pointed to the door, and they left a half hour before the gig ended. Moronic metalheads whose fragile masculinity leaves no room in music for texture, nuance, dynamics… shouldn’t be at an APC gig anyway. Also, there’s absolutely no video or photos allowed at these gigs – even from phones.… Read more »