Fresh of a summer on the Main Stage of Projekt Revolution 2008, A Perfect Circle's, Billy Howerdel and his solo project ASHES dIVIDE are gearing up for fall/winter dates in support of their debut CD Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright out now on Island Records. Dates kick off in September 24 in Detroit.
ASHES dIVIDE is the new band formed by lead guitarist, singer and songwriter Billy Howerdel – co-founder/producer of multi-platinum group A Perfect Circle, the band he led with Tool frontman Maynard Keenan through three groundbreaking and critically acclaimed albums, two went platinum and one went gold.
The intuitive, unpredictable and yet immediately identifiable sound of Howerdel’s guitar work is at play in ASHES dIVIDE. This is his vision – he’s the primary songwriter, musician, producer, and vocalist. It’s an album featuring a wide range of styles, moods, and thoughts, with echoes of early 80’s modern rock/Dark Wave mixed with shimmering guitars and heavy rock overtones. It’s both anthemic and subtle, an album that fans of The Cure to A Perfect Circle will certainly appreciate. It’s a hard to describe as it is to ignore.
“Your Next Obsession”
-- Entertainment Weekly
Howerdel produced and engineered Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright in Los Angeles, playing guitar, bass, and keyboard parts. Longtime collaborator Danny Lohner (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails) helped out with the recording process, while drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle) and Maynard Keenan’s son Devo appear on the album. Other contributors include Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde), Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), and Paz Lenchantin. Mixing took place in London by innovative Brit producer Alan Moulder, remotely monitored by Howerdel back in L.A. Moulder is known for his work with Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, My Bloody Valentine, and the Killers.
Eventually Howerdel found his perfect touring unit, guitarist Andy Gerold, bassist Matt McJunkins, keyboardist Adam Monroe and drummer Jeff Friedl were assembled after auditioning more than 100 musicians, even though he has plenty of famous friends from not only A Perfect Circle but also his work as a tech for Tool and Guns 'N Roses, Howerdel says he wanted "musicians who were fresh and hungry and didn't have a lot of experience. It's like starting all over again; everybody's psyched to be on tour, psyched to be on the bus, psyched to be playing shows."
See them live:
9/25 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
9/25 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
9/26 Valarium Knoxville, TN
9/27 The National Richmond, VA
9/29 The Norva Norfolk, VA
9/30 Crocodile Rock Allentown, PA
10/1 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
10/6 Amo’s Charlotte, NC
With A Puddle of Mudd:
10/27 Whiskey River Waco, TX
10/29 Azteca Music Hall Amarillo, TX
10/30 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, OK
11/1 Abilene Civic Center Abilene, TX
11/2 Stubb’s Austin, TX
11/4 Kickers, Clarksville, TN
11/5 Sammy T’s Huntsville, AL
11/7 Pompano Beach Amphitheater Pompano Beach, FL
11/11 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
11/12 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11/14Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
11/15 The Palladium Worcester, MA
11/16 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
11/18 Webster Theater Hartford, CT