AN EVOLUTION | Billy Howerdel is dating – VC Reporter
ON THE PICTURE : Billy Howerdel is coming to Ventura Music Hall on July 24. Photo submitted
by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
With What was normalBilly Howerdel made the record of his career.
“This is me going back to my teenage years and creating the record that I would have made if I had the means and the knowledge when I first picked up a guitar – just in 2022,” says Howerdel.
“It’s that moment when you’re a kid when you listen to a record, close your eyes and go somewhere else. That’s when I found my calling, so to speak.
His moody and atmospheric debut album was released on June 10 via Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG. The founding member of A Perfect Circle and Ashes Divide will support What was normal on a tour that includes a stop at Ventura Music Hall on July 24.
“There will be no cartwheels, no somersaults, no fire,” he says. “I just want a disclaimer, so no one’s heart gets broken.”
Howerdel kicked off Phoenix on July 20, with a show he described as “our first-ever official concert of this album under this name with a new band”.
Howerdel, a New Jersey-born, Los Angeles-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter, dedicated his life to music after seeing a Pink Floyd concert.
So far he has worked as a touring musician and studio technician for David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses and Nine Inch Nails.
He met Maynard James Keenan when Tool opened for Fishbone, for whom Howerdel served as a technician. Living together in a North Hollywood cottage with Keenan, they co-founded A Perfect Circle in 1999. The band’s feature debut, Sea of nameswent platinum and was the “Billboard Top 200 top arc for a rock band debut”.
They followed it with the platinum Thirteenth step in 2003, gold in 2004 Sensitive and 2018 eat the elephant.
In the meantime, Howerdel’s music has also appeared in video games and on the big screen. In 2008 he made his first solo statement as Ashes Divide with Keep telling me it’s alright. It stopped using the Ashes Divide name earlier this year.
As for What was normal,, Howerdel notes that once he started writing the album, it happened quickly.
“Often I only slept three to four hours,” he says. “I was definitely a nightmare to be around during that time.
“People endured it. When I was on a roll, I just wanted to keep going. Everything kept sounding better and that makes me really excited. To achieve a record in six months is ambitious and we have almost done it.
On the record, Howerdel is joined by drummer Josh Freese.
The music was finished in May 2020, but the wait to release it was unnerving. “We were sitting on it and waiting. There were a lot of false starts. »
After the pandemic delays, he’s happy to be on the road and having the record released.
“It’s going to be even more about the music than the visuals at this point,” says Howerdel, comparing his band to A Perfect Circle. “As it grows, I think it will bring more visual elements back into the packaging of the album. It’s an evolution.
Billy Howerdel performs Sunday, July 24 at 9 p.m. at Ventura Music Hall, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For tickets and more information, email email@example.com or visit www.venturamusichall.com.