by Johnny Papan
VANCOUVER – When A Perfect Circle was first revealed, fans were in awe of the star-studded yet unimaginable lineup, collecting members of some of history’s most notable rock-groups. Billy Howerdel, the key instrumental composer for the band, originated the group with his at-the-time roommate, Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan. He further added to the group with a revolving door of members from bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Primus, Failure, Devo, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins-fame is still with the group.
It’s been 13 long years since the release of A Perfect Circle’s last record eMOTIVE. During the time between Keenan has been putting focus on Tool and Puscifer while Howerdel has ventured into film-scoring, recently composing for the independent feature D-Love. Snippets of music made but not used in this film would be shown to Keenan and soon turn into A Perfect Circle’s recently released track, “The Doomed,” breaking the group’s decade-long silence.
“I had just started writing little cues, little pieces of things that weren’t specifically attached to any scene. ‘The Doomed’ came from that,” Howerdel explains. “I put it into a folder for Maynard to listen to along with other song ideas. Just a couple snippets of cinematic things to show him where my head was at, not necessarily to have that be a song but to show what kind of colours I had in mind. He liked it.“
“The Doomed” is a hard hitting and speculatively political track with cinematic influence. Though Howerdel admits he doesn’t read too deeply into Keenan’s lyrics and instead expresses his emotion through the instrumental portion of the band, when asked, he did agree that the world is not in a great place.
“Everything seems a lot fucked up,” Howerdel states. “There’s a cheapening of morality and truth and there’s a lot of us-against-them movements. That’s the darkest part I think that we’re amongst or in right now.” Howerdel continues: “I think that’s a big problem with humans in general, we push things away that are uncomfortable, we dwell in a dark way and go in a dark path with the emotions that are handed to us.”
Alongside “The Doomed,” Howerdel names two other tracks that A Perfect Circle will be circulating during their upcoming tour: “Hourglass” and “Feathers.” With that said, it’s been announced that the band will be soon releasing a new album.
“The record will be coming out second quarter of 2018 and we are well past the midway mark. [Working on the record] is what I’ve been doing 14 hours a day, seven days a week for the foreseeable past. I am more than ever excited to share it.”
A Perfect Circle perform at the Pacific Coliseum on November 30A Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan, Pacific Coliseum