and A Per­fect Cir­cle re­turn

ah­hhh, it’s good to have ’em back.

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A PER­FECT Cir­cle last week re­leased The Doomed, their first new song since By And Down, which was in­cluded on 2013 great­est hits al­bum, three Sixty. An epic meet­ing of metal song and nurs­ery rhyme, pow­ered by Spaghetti Western drums, it’s also the first proper taste of their as-yet-in­com­plete fourth al­bum. their last al­bum, EMOTIVE, was re­leased in 2004.

The Cal­i­for­nia su­per­group – fea­tur­ing Tool vo­cal­ist Maynard James Keenan, gui­tarist/mas­ter­mind Billy Howerdel, for­mer Smash­ing Pump­kins gui­tarist James Iha, bassist Matt Mcjunk­ins, and drum­mer Jeff Friedl – re­con­vened in 2010 for a U.S. tour that saw them play their three stu­dio al­bums (2000’s Mer de Noms, 2003’s Thir­teenth Step and EMOTIVE) in their en­tirety across three nights, lead­ing to spo­radic live ap­pear­ances and even­tu­ally the idea of new mu­sic.

“I’ve al­ways been writ­ing with the thought that’s it’s go­ing to hap­pen any­way,” says Billy, who’s pro­vided K! with some in­sights into an al­bum he sug­gests will be re­leased in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018.“I think we’re passed the hump – we’re passed the mid­point…”

THE DOOMED came from A SOUND­TRACK

“I scored my first fea­ture film, D-love, a lit­tle indie drama my friend had made. I was mak­ing mu­si­cal cues be­fore the movie had even been made, know­ing what it was about. [The Doomed] was one that didn’t make it in, but I put it in my folder to share with Maynard, along with other ‘real’ song ideas. In June of this year he said, ‘why don’t you work on Flush Out Ex­pelled?’ which was the work­ing ti­tle, and 18 hours later I handed him a fin­ished song. He com­pleted the words and vo­cals at my house two days later. It doesn’t nor­mally work that way.”

THE BAND HAS AL­READY AIRED TWO OTHER NEW SONGS, HOUR­GLASS AND FEATH­ERS

“Those will be on the record. I need to chew on them on tour and do a lit­tle fine-tun­ing. the way we did Hour­glass in the spring [tour] has had a lit­tle mas­sage since. Feath­ers will be sim­i­lar in spirit, but we’re go­ing to con­tinue to work on that.”

ONE SONG WAS ORIG­I­NALLY IN­TENDED FOR BILLY’S OTHER BAND, ASHES DI­VIDE

“I had boxes I put songs in: ashes Di­vide songs, a Per­fect Cir­cle songs, and those with the in­ten­tion of do­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions. I stopped that, which gave me the free­dom to not pi­geon­hole my­self. Hour­glass was one I thought would be on the new Ashes Di­vide record. It was one of the few songs I had al­most fin­ished vo­cals on. I didn’t play [vo­cals] for Maynard, as I didn’t want him to be in­flu­enced. He got in­spired and came up with his own thing.”

BILLY IS SHAR­ING PRO­DUC­TION DU­TIES

“I’ve al­ways pro­duced, en­gi­neered and worked in iso­la­tion, ex­cept for all the amaz­ing shit Maynard would bring for­ward; I was the jan­i­tor and the vice pres­i­dent in one. I felt this was go­ing to be a big­ger record, and it’s nice to sit back on a couch, star­ing at the back of some­one’s head and ask­ing them to rewind, fast­for­ward and try things. Dave Sardy is a com­pe­tent guy and very sub­jec­tive.we butt heads, but I greatly re­spect his ideas.”

MAYNARD IS ON FIERCE FORM

“I’m usu­ally the worst sales­man, and will tell you why some­thing is shit and you shouldn’t lis­ten to it, but I’ll say this: I’ve never heard Maynard bet­ter – and I don’t say that lightly.”

A Per­fect Cir­cle 2017 (from left to right): James Iha, Billy Howerdel, Matt Mcjunk­ins, Jeff Friedl, Maynard James Keenan

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