August 12, 2022

A Excellent Circle’s Billy Howerdel lately launched a brand new solo album, What Regular Was, and is presently within the midst of a headlining North American tour. The singer-guitarist caught up with Heavy Consequence through Zoom to debate the brand new solo effort and extra.

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

“It was all the time going to be the subsequent Ashes file, however I did toy with the thought of, ‘Okay, it’s so completely different, and I type of really feel myself shifting in a special 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 had been speaking about solo band stuff … and so they had 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 influence the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame band has had on him.

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

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

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

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

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