A perfect circle one bite at a time stuff.co.nz

A Perfect Circle‘s debut album Mer De Noms was released in 2000, with a slightly different line-up that included former and future members of Zwan, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies and Marilyn Manson’s backing band. Did I mention "supergroup"?

"But once we made a start, these new songs came together fairly quickly, once we weeded out some excess. When you’re a guitar player like Billy, sitting in the studio waiting for your singer to come back, there’s a tendency to keep endlessly adding things in. Suddenly, your soup becomes a Borscht. I’m the dick who then comes back and says, no – pull some spices out, pull those potatoes out, let’s just taste the stock on its own and see what we’re working with.


To me, space is really important. I need some space in the song so I can hear where the vocal melody’s gonna go."

The video shows a squadron of young people standing in formation, engrossed in their cellphones. In another shot, robed youths sit in a circle in a darkened room, clustered around a laptop on an altar while electrical cables slither over everything like snakes.

"That thing is f…ing poison! Sites like Yelp have fostered this generation of novice experts who have the power to open their mouths but haven’t actually put the work into knowing what they’re talking about. I’ve had bad Yelp reviews of my tasting room, but it had nothing to do with the wine. The reviews were bad merely because I wasn’t there! That’s like giving my record a bad review because I wasn’t in the record store when they bought it! I can only say to those people: shut the f… up!"

"When my fans start over-analysing and disappearing down a rabbit-hole, I feel like I’ve failed, because I haven’t taught that person to fish. I’d rather my songs were some sort of jumping-off point for other activities in their world that help them ground themselves and celebrate taking a breath."

"With jiu jitsu, there’s another force, and you have to understand how to react to it, and there’s always going to be someone who’s better than you. It teaches you humility. You have to react fast to the situation to avoid it being too humiliating."

"Whatever decisions you made last year, you’re not gonna know how poor they were for another two years. So both jiu jitsu and winemaking teach you about cause and effect. They both say to you: you made that choice, now here are the repercussions."

"Yeah, there are people who like all three, but the percentage of insanity in those people is far lower than people who just love Tool. The people who think more outside the box tend to be Puscifer fans, because there’s a real blend of comedy and tragedy there. That band has a sort of feminine, motherly energy, whereas Tool is more masculine and cerebral. A Perfect Circle is somewhere in the middle."

The window to complete this A Perfect Circle record largely came about because of Keenan’s frustration over endlessly delays finishing the next Tool album, but now it’s done, and he’ll be touring Eat The Elephant hard-out over the coming months.

"It’ll be a year of touring, on and off, because the grape harvest starts mid-July, so then I’m home. That thing of touring relentlessly for three years at a stretch is something you do when you’re 22 and trying to break your band. You don’t have to do that when you’re 53. It’s not wise or healthy."

"You know, some of the best wines are made in places where it’s almost a train wreck. Places where you’re constantly on the edge of failure. Those vines don’t wanna be where they are, so you have to have a lot of skill, and luck, to make things work. Same with music. Friction is important. A lot of the best music is made when there’s a very real threat of disaster. You could fail every time, and that spurs you on."