A Perfect Circle had promised their first album in 14 years would come out this year on BMG, and now it's officially announced. It's called Eat The Elephant, it was produced by Dave Sardy, and it drops on April 20. In addition to recent singles "Disillusioned" and "The Doomed," it features the just-released single "TalkTalk," which is another dose of atmospheric psychedelia similar to "Disillusioned." Maynard James Keenan and Billy Howerdel talked to Rolling Stone about the album:

What does the title, Eat the Elephant, mean to you?
Howerdel: You'd have to ask Maynard.
Keenan: Yeah, I'm not going to go there.


Keenan: I never explain any of that stuff.

It struck me as political commentary.

Keenan: It could be a lot of things. It's not one thing. None of them are one thing.

You made a press bio contains the line, "With a title like Eat the Elephant, A Perfect Circle’s new record has clear political overtones that Keenan admits could stir up controversy."

Keenan: You're going to go straight there, huh? Well Dan Dunn, the guy who wrote American Wino, wrote that. I told him, "Bios are generally boring. I have an idea where Billy was cryogenically frozen and woken up today. Would you write that?" It sums up what it would like to be frozen in 2004 and wake up in 2018 and go, "What the fuck?" So he went with it, and I think he did a great job [laughs]. ...

You don't want to be too topical, because then you date your art. But there's definitely a lot of iconic things that go on nowadays that are wroth mentioning that I feel like we just take as rote, we just accept it like it's standard. Imagine being cryogenically frozen for 14 years and waking up and going, "What are you people doing to your faces? Why are you doing that? You all look like Whoville. You're not fooling anybody – you don't look better or younger. You just look different." So I guess I just don't understand.

Listen to "TalkTalk" and check out the tracklist below. All APC tour dates (Including Coachella and some newly-announced shows) are also listed below.

Maynard also talked about the rumored upcoming Tool album in that same Rolling Stone interview:

Danny Carey has been saying Tool would be releasing a new album this year. Can you say anything about that, Maynard?

Keenan: [Pauses] No.

It's just something a lot of people are curious about.

Keenan: [Longer pause] Yeah, I've got nothing.

Today, news leaked that the band has a new music video in the works. We'll see.

Eat The Elephant
The Contrarian
The Doomed
So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish
By And Down The River
Get The Lead Out


A Perfect Circle -- 2018 Tour Dates
April 14 Tucson, AZ Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
April 15 Indio, CA Coachella
April 17 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre
April 18 San Jose, CA San Jose State University Events Center
April 20 Las Vegas, NV Las Rageous Rock Festival
April 22 Indio, CA Coachella
May 12 Somserset, WI Northern Invasion
May 15 Omaha, NE Baxter Arena
May 16 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena
May 18 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
May 22 Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena at the BJCC
May 25 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
May 26 Dallas, TX BFD 2018 at Starplex Pavilion
June 1 Nürburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring
June 2 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park
June 5 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset
June 6 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
June 8 Aarhus, Denmark Northridge Festival
June 9 Helsinki, Finland Sideways Festival
June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT
June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUTJune 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle SOLD OUT
June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
June 21 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg
June 24 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT
June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid
June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival
July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle