A Perfect Circle Guitarist Talks Possible New Album

Chuck Armstrong, Gotham Radio of FreeGotham.com, recently conducted an interview Billy Howerdel of Ashes Divide and A Perfect Circle.

A Perfect Circle Guitarist Talks Possible New Album
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Chuck Armstrong, Gotham Radio of FreeGotham.com, recently conducted an interview Billy Howerdel of Ashes Divide and A Perfect Circle. You can listen to the chat here. On whether we will we hear new A Perfect Circle music on the upcoming tour: "We are gonna hear at least a song, I would say. One of them is very, very close to being done. And from there, things could come together once we get on the road and start hashing through some of the other ideas and they could quickly become a song and find their way onto the live stage." On whether that means a new A Perfect Circle album is in the works: "[It is] in the works, but not for this summer. I think the idea was to try and get the juices flowing a bit and get back into [A Perfect Circle] mode a bit and go from there. See what happens in the New Year. We have intentions of recording new material." On the current status of his other band, Ashes Divide: "I'm writing for both bands. I'm just writing new music. I just kind of tag it under Billy Howerdel, you know, and where it falls is where it falls. I've got a bunch of new ideas that I usually don't let come fully together until the end. I try to leave it loose while I'm writing it. Maynard [Keenan, A Perfect Circle/Tool singer] showed interest in a couple, so I started firming them up." On one of his fondest memories: "Maynard and I played 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra and a choir of I believe over a hundred people. It was just Maynard and I, the choir and the orchestra." On taking a break from writing: "I kind of did for the past few years. I'd say the last three years have been the least I've written ever, since I started playing the guitar. I'm still not writing the way I used to... I wind up writing songs on my phone." On the difference between Ashes Divide and A Perfect Circle: "[Ashes Divide] is more technical with [A Perfect Circle] and with Ashes it's much more emotional and rational and kind of more, just emotional effort goes into that show for me." A Perfect Circle hit theaters in five cities last November, with each city save one getting a three-night stand. The band played each of its three studio albums - "Mer De Noms", "Thirteenth Step" and "eMOTIVe" - on a different night. The 2010-2011 lineup of A Perfect Circle includes singer Maynard James Keenan, Howerdel, drummer Josh Freese, former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and bassist Matt McJunkins. A Perfect Circle currently does not have a record deal. Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Iommianity
    Meh, would much rather have a new APC album than Tool. For a supposedly progressive band with a fanbase obsessed with their genius, they like sticking to a similar dynamic. I still love a lot of their music, but theyve never done enough growing for the band they are, and I find it funny that APC paints with more colors and are less renowned.
    danterra13
    I can't wait for either a new Tool album or new APC album. But I am guessing that new Tool album is coming way before anything new from APC, which is sad because APC is one of the best Alternative Rock bands around. But this is because Tool has been writing for a long time, and Maynard seems really disenchanted with getting involved with dealing with any major record label. And who could blame the guy with the shit that Tool went through in the past. But anything with Maynard on it is usually amazing, so I am excited for either.
    matmcd
    I am a ***** for both. Will buy both albums. See both live. Buy an overpriced shirt at both shows.
    TheEchomaker
    SomebodySomeone wrote: Vd Hamster wrote: AsOneIStand wrote: Who the **** is ACP? A Cerfect Pircle? * facepalm * the band is called A Circle Perfect. :rolleyes:
    A Clown Posse.....hah kust kidding lets not bring up any juggalo talk
    Ciaphas
    flecktowned wrote: "[Ashes Divide] is more technical with [A Perfect Circle] and with Ashes it's much more emotional and rational and kind of more, just emotional effort goes into that show for me." ?????
    Yeah, that one didn't make sense to me either. I think it should say: "[A Perfect Circle] is more technical and with Ashes it's much more emotional and rational and kind of more, just emotional effort goes into that show for me."
    SomebodySomeone
    Vd Hamster wrote: AsOneIStand wrote: Who the **** is ACP? A Cerfect Pircle?
    * facepalm * the band is called A Circle Perfect. :rolleyes:
    flecktowned
    "[Ashes Divide] is more technical with [A Perfect Circle] and with Ashes it's much more emotional and rational and kind of more, just emotional effort goes into that show for me."
    ?????
    Emenius Sleepus
    I doubt they will do anything like eMOTIVE for this release; that one, as far as I understand, was just a one-off. Probably not even a serious album, rather a contract-release.
    crazy8rgood
    Tool? tool tool tool, tool tool, tool tool. Tool. (srsly i want new tool not new apc what is this)
    Mike7x
    rechris06 wrote: GHO5T616 wrote: Abacus11 wrote: So awesome. Billy Howerdel is one of the most underrated guitarists ever. HELL YES! I second that. Anything from APC/Tool is purely epic. Period.
    This is all true, but.... Billy Howerdel isn't in Tool... Tool being epic has nothing to do with Howerdel being underrated. Which he truly is.
    mickmarz
    i didnt see anyone post anything about this yet but how about how it says at the end" "a perfect circle does not currently have a record deal" ?????!!! whaaat? really?
    DynabladeWings
    I love anything and everything in the Maynard/Howerdel universe. Tool, APC, don't matter, just bring it already!
    GasPipe
    Iommianity wrote: Meh, would much rather have a new APC album than Tool. For a supposedly progressive band with a fanbase obsessed with their genius, they like sticking to a similar dynamic. I still love a lot of their music, but theyve never done enough growing for the band they are, and I find it funny that APC paints with more colors and are less renowned.
    Im a big fan of both bands music, but I am inclined to agree. I loved 10,000 Days when it first came out, but it doesn't have the same resonance with me as Aenema or (especially) Laterlaus does. It hadn't "progressed" as much as I hoped I guess. Hoping for a surprise with this next Tool album. Oh and of course, I am mega keen for some more APC. Love Billy's guitar work.
    adj209
    I'd rather have APC than Tool. both are great though, it's just I find APC easier to listen to.
    Abacus11
    So awesome. Billy Howerdel is one of the most underrated guitarists ever.
    strat0blaster
    I am entirely f_cking pumped for this. I'd much prefer this over anything from Tool at this point, and I can't wait for another AshesDivide album as well. This is good news.
    TrollFace
    for the moment, i prefer a new ashes divide album than an ACP. the album grew on me and its just amazing billy did all this on his own. i cant see a new ACP album when Tool's new album is on the Horizon. i remember reading in late '09 the band said no new album till 2011? well..its 2011. so a new ACP would get lost in the Tool mayhem of awsomeness
    GHO5T616
    Abacus11 wrote: So awesome. Billy Howerdel is one of the most underrated guitarists ever.
    HELL YES!
    rechris06
    GHO5T616 wrote: Abacus11 wrote: So awesome. Billy Howerdel is one of the most underrated guitarists ever. HELL YES!
    I second that. Anything from APC/Tool is purely epic. Period.
    ToolCreedence
    I hate Ashes Divide. I really can't stand it. I love APC. Cant wait to see them at RedRocks this summer. And Tool is on the way. "Be Patient"
    ultimatelefty
    Hopefully a new Tool album first? Its been 5 years since 10,000 Days, and Tool seems to have a new material every 5 years thing going, so hopefully that continues?
    AsOneIStand
    TrollFace wrote: for the moment, i prefer a new ashes divide album than an ACP. the album grew on me and its just amazing billy did all this on his own. i cant see a new ACP album when Tool's new album is on the Horizon. i remember reading in late '09 the band said no new album till 2011? well..its 2011. so a new ACP would get lost in the Tool mayhem of awsomeness
    Who the **** is ACP?
    im not mental
    robertito696 wrote: flame843 wrote: Billy Howerdel looks like an anorexic Satch More like Voldemort.
    i came in here to say this, as well as YESSSS!!!!
    j-e-f-f-e-r-s
    As much as I would literally punch a baby to get a new Tool album, APC are still pretty awesome. Looking forward to any new stuff they come up with.