August 15, 2022

A Excellent Circle’s Billy Howerdel not too long ago launched a brand new solo album, What Regular Was, and is at the moment within the midst of a headlining North American tour. The singer-guitarist caught up with Heavy Consequence by way of Zoom to debate the brand new solo effort and extra.

Howerdel beforehand unleashed an album in 2008 below the identify Ashes Divide that was primarily a solo effort, however What Regular Was is the primary LP launched below his personal identify. As Howerdel informed us within the video above, he debated whether or not making the brand new album an Ashes Divide launch, however finally selected to go along with his personal identify for this one.

“It was at all times going to be the subsequent Ashes file, however I did toy with the concept of, ‘Okay, it’s so completely different, and I sort of really feel myself transferring in a distinct course’,” defined Howerdel. “A yr in the past, I went out to my birthday dinner with Jerry Cantrell, Josh Freese, and Greg Puciato … and we have been speaking about solo band stuff … they usually have been simply so encouraging on utilizing my identify for a lot of causes.”

On the opening monitor, “Egocentric Coronary heart,” and all through the album, we detected a Depeche Mode affect, and with the current passing of Andy Fletcher, we requested Howerdel in regards to the affect the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame band has had on him.

“They’re the band that ages gracefully,” Howerdel mentioned of Depeche Mode. “I wasn’t the largest fan, however the affect of their music on mine I believe might be simple. Martin Gore is an unimaginable songwriter … Songs of Religion and Devotion is the file that acquired me into them. I heard them once I was youthful, wouldn’t flip it off, appreciated it, however I wasn’t obsessing on it like different issues, like The Treatment or Siouxsie and the Banshees, particularly.”

Howerdel went on to say that Danny Lohner, who co-produced What Regular Was, is a large fan of Depeche Mode, and that’s another excuse the band’s affect might be heard on the album.

Catch Howerdel on the remaining dates of his North American tour, which runs by means of a July twentieth present in Phoenix, Arizona. Tickets can be found right here.

Watch Billy Howerdel talk about extra of his solo album within the video interview above, and keep tuned for Half 2, through which he talks about A Excellent Circle, his longtime friendship with Maynard James Keenan, and extra.

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