A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Billy Howerdel has told The Salt Lake Tribune in a new interview that the band’s first new album in 14 years will arrive possibly by this November, but next spring at the latest. Howerdel said: “In a perfect world for me, I would make an album, tour, take a break, make an album, tour. But there’s costs to that, too. There’s a benefit to having an appetite out there when we haven’t been out in a while, and it makes us approach things a little differently. It’s just like saying, ‘Would you like to eat something delicious every day?’ You’d be like, ‘Yeah, of course,’ but if you don’t, you’re really going to appreciate it when you get it.”

Howerdel added that he began writing music for a new A PERFECT CIRCLE album several years ago and “started peppering [singer Maynard James Keenan] with songs as early as, I’d say, maybe 2010.”

The guitarist explained that a new A PERFECT CIRCLE record would have arrived much sooner had he not been forced to work around his singer’s timetable. “I’ve always been there, ready for Maynard to get a window in his schedule,” he said. “The bottom line is, if you know anything about him, then you’ll know that … many things take his attention. He’s owns a winery, he’s also a father and a husband, he’s got three bands. Finding that window to put a tour together is not something you can do in a whim or just do on a month’s notice. You need planning, you need notice a year in advance to start chipping away at the schedule.”

Last month, A PERFECT CIRCLE announced that it had signed a new worldwide recording deal with BMG Music.

The group, which toured in 2010 and 2011, launched its first full-fledged tour in six years on April 6 in Las Vegas. The schedule will include several festivals in late April and early May, closing at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 7.