elcome back to another new edition of my musical blog series, run alongside my show of the same name. With this series, I’m looking to reconnect you with music you once loved and forgot about, or perhaps like me, you’re looking for new music to connect with.
Either way, I’m going to bring you the music that I like and hopefully you’ll like it too. A lot of the bands I write about are featured on my show – every Friday, 11am – 1pm – or The Rock/Metal Show – every Wednesday, 7pm – 9pm and 9pm – 11pm respectively – and this won’t be any different for the next band.
I’ve travelled back to the States for this one and the band that I’ve decided to look at today is, in my own opinion, a really good band that I’ve still yet to see live. They are A Perfect Circle.
The band is a supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist, Maynard James Keenan. Now, two members can’t really be the basis of a supergroup but the numerous members that have help the success of all three albums, have come from bands such as, Failure, Primus, Marilyn Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Puscifer and Ashes Divide (the latter two being the solo projects of Keenan and Howerdel respectively).
A Perfect Circle released their debut album, Mer de Noms (2000), during the spring of 2000 while I was doing my GCSE’s. I loved Keenan’s work with Tool and was excited to hear what his new project had to offer. The first song I heard was their debut single ‘Judith’ (2000), which Keenan has explained is about his mother.
Their follow-up album, Thirteenth Step (2003), was released a few years later. By this time I was having my driving lessons and this album would form part of my travelling playlist. No I didn’t bug the instructor to let me play music, however, when I went out driving with friends and family, I’d have to have a playlist.
The following year they released their third and final album, eMOTIVe (2004) – a covers album mostly of anti-war songs, an original song ‘Passive’ (2004) and a remixed version of ‘Pet’ from their previous album entitled, ‘Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums’ (2004) – however, they didn’t tour in support of the album and shortly after went on an indefinite hiatus.
During which time the initial founding members focused on music for their respective projects. Nine years later, the band released it greatest hits album and reformed and another four years later and they’ve announced a new album and a tour.
Yours truly is excited for their new album on the basis of their first single, ‘The Doomed’ (2017), released back in October. The album title has yet to be confirmed as is its release date, but it has been confirmed that it’s slated for a 2018 release date. Dani’s Music Box is set to explode in 2018, so watch this space.
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