Billy Howerdel: “With A Perfect Circle, I was always concentrating on bigger guitars – on this album, I wanted the compositions to take center stage”

Billy Howerdel
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Most famous as the songwriter and backing vocalist of alternative metal supergroup A Perfect Circle, Billy Howerdel's been busy outside of his day job.

In 2008, his side project Ashes Divide released their debut album, a visceral and often-overlooked record. Although new material was hinted at, nothing materialized in the 2010s. And when A Perfect Circle announced Eat the Elephant in 2018, it seemed like Howerdel's extracurricular work might be at an end.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.