A Perfect Circle has made a slew of fantastic announcements this year, which included both a tour and the band's first new album in 14 years. We got to hear the track "Feathers" from the incoming album thus far, and it hit the spot that A Perfect Circle has left empty in us all for so, so long.
So what the hell took so long? In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, guitarist Billy Howerdel says in an ideal world he'd make an album every other year, but albums and touring gets expensive fast. Plus, he likes the suspense of delivering great music at longer intervals. Howerdel revealed he began writing the new album several years ago and then "started peppering [singer Maynard James Keenan] with songs as early as, I'd say, maybe 2010."
Though Howerdel says the main reason it took forever is because Maynard James Keenan has been busy as hell.
"I've always been there, ready for Maynard to get a window in his schedule," he said. "The bottom line is, if you know anything about him, then you'll know that … many things take his attention. He's owns a winery, he's also a father and a husband, he's got three bands. Finding that window to put a tour together is not something you can do in a whim or just do on a month's notice. You need planning, you need notice a year in advance to start chipping away at the schedule."
Maybe he's been busy doing a new Tool album? Obviously we're going to jump to that conclusion immediately, but even outside Tool, Keenan is crazy busy.
During this interview, Howerdel said A Perfect Circle hope to release their new album in November, but at the latest it would be next spring.