A PERFECT CIRCLE's MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Talks 'Misery' Of Songwriting
March 30, 2018
According to The Pulse Of Radio, TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed how he communicated with A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel creatively while making their new album, "Eat The Elephant". Keenan explained to Kerrang!: "We haven't done an album in 14 years. He was probably thinking things were going to go the way they used to, and I was going to respond to sounds the way I used to. We really had to come up with a new language for each other."
Asked how he tells Howerdel if a song's not working for him, Keenan responded: "There's no other way to do it other than to be straight and honest and deal with that week of misery. There's no other way to go about it. Like, 'I'm not hearing what you're hearing, sorry.' But the good news is that we wouldn't be standing here if I didn't hear it in other things, so that part you just have to figure out how to let it go."
Howerdel said that making a record is always stressful, remarking: "It's hard not to get physically worn down from it. When you get to that place where you're not sleeping, and you can barely think straight, that's when you go, 'God, did I need to push it that hard? Or was it necessary?'"
"Eat The Elephant" is set for release on April 20 and will be the first collection of A PERFECT CIRCLE studio recordings since the 2004 covers LP, "eMOTive".
A PERFECT CIRCLE's first official single from the new album was "The Doomed", while the band has also previewed song like "Feathers" and "Talk Talk" live.
The band is set to hit a number of festivals this summer, including a headlining slot at Indio, California's Coachella festival on April 15 and April 22, plus events in Las Vegas, Dallas and Somerset, Wisconsin.