A Perfect Circle Take 'A Step Up' With Second LP

Record builds on sound established on Mer De Noms.

A Perfect Circle have 80 percent of the music already recorded for their follow-up to Mer De Noms and hope to get the album in stores by spring 2003, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen said last week.

"It's definitely a step up from the last record," Van Leeuwen said, adding that anyone who liked the band's 2000 debut should dig the new tunes. "A Perfect Circle kind of established its sound, and I think there's just more of that. It's very ethereal and builds up to the heavy thing rather than being heavy all the time."

As soon as singer Maynard James Keenan gets off the road with Tool, he plans to focus on writing the rest of the vocal melodies and lyrics for APC's second effort, Van Leeuwen said.

Guitarist Billy Howerdel, Van Leeuwen, bassist Paz Lenchantin and drummer Josh Freese have been working on the material for much of the last year at Howerdel's home studio (see "Howerdel Hopes To Revive A Perfect Circle Next Year").

Van Leeuwen is on the road as a touring guitarist for Queens of the Stone Age (see "Queens Of The Stone Age Go Deaf In NYC").