Eat The Elephant, A Perfect Circle’s first album in fourteen years, functions somewhat like a reunion tour. While working on it, Maynard James Keenan started to pose questions most artists never have to worry about.”Do you reinvent yourself and try to look to the future?” he asked himself during an interview given to Rolling Stone. The question of ‘reinvention’ is only asked by the very famous or the unknown.
Keenan wondered how a decade and half had changed his fans. The question began to consume his entire creative process. However, somewhere between deciding whether to play it safe or try something new, Keenan “just put the blinders on” and made the thing.
Eat The Elephant answers all of Keenan’s questions. Instead of trying to recapture the past, the group’s new album manifests Keenan and his fanbase’s shared maturation. The two songs that’ve been released—“Disillusioned” and “The Doomed”—have a moody sound and political subject matter.
The long wait for this new album did not seem like a ‘wait’ at all. It felt like the pause someone takes before making a really good point. Perhaps A Perfect Circle had merely been laying dormant, waiting for the right themes and sounds to organically coalesce. It seems that American politics have at least catalyzed some of the thinking behind the album’s conceptual elements, though Keenan’s sound has always come from within.
The new album drops April 20th.
Eat The Elephant
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
By And Down The River
Get The Lead Out