BILLY HOWERDEL (A Perfect Circle) To Release Debut Solo Album, What Normal Was on June 10 via (Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG) First Single, Poison Flowers Out Now

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Billy Howerdel releases his eagerly-awaited debut solo album, What Normal Was, on June 10 via Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG.

The A Perfect Circle co-founder/guitar player has simultaneously released a video for “Poison Flowers”, with the Rizz (from VOWWS)-directed clip offering both an aural and visual preview of what’s to come on the 10-song, self-produced collection.


Listen to the song here
“This is me stepping back into my early teen self and making the record I would’ve made if I had the means and the knowledge when I first picked up a guitar—just in 2022,” Howerdel explains. “It’s that moment as a kid when you hear a record, close your eyes, and go somewhere else. That was the time I found my lane, so to speak.
New Jersey-born and Los Angeles-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Billy Howerdel has quietly asserted himself as an alternative music auteur with a keen emotional understanding, sonic acuity, and a knack for massive hooks. Devoting his life to music after witnessing Pink Floyd live, he acted as something of a behind-the-scenes journeyman, working as an in-demand touring and studio tech for the likes of David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, and Nine Inch Nails. Striking up a friendship with Maynard James Keenan when Tool opened for Fishbone (for whom Billy served as a tech), he occupied a room in a North Hollywood cottage with Maynard.

Billy founded A Perfect Circle with Maynard in 1999. The groups seminal full-length debut, Mer de Noms, went platinum and made history as the highest Billboard Top 200 bow for a rock bands debut.” They followed it with the platinum Thirteenth Step [2003] and gold Emotive [2004]. The group made their return with 2018Eat The Elephant, marking their fourth consecutive Top 5 debut on the Top 200.

In between, Billys music has also appeared in video games and on the big screen. During 2008, he made his first solo statement under the moniker Ashes Divide with Keep Telling Myself Its Alright. In the next decade, the album quietly pervaded as a cult favorite with millions of streams.

On his 2022  proper, full-length solo debut, What Normal Was (Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG), he inhabits a space thats reverent of his past, present, and future simultaneously. After all these years, songs, and shows, Billy is ready to introduce himself.

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