APC Gets Political On 'eMOTIVe'
A Perfect Circle has slated an Election Day release date for a new album, "eMOTIVe." Due Nov. 2 via Virgin, the set of original songs and covers is described by bandleader Maynard James Keenan as "a cA Perfect Circle has slated an Election Day release date for a new album, "eMOTIVe." Due Nov. 2 via Virgin, the set of original songs and covers is described by bandleader Maynard James Keenan as "a collection of songs about war, peace, love and greed."
In a statement on the rock act's official Web site, Keenan says APC versions of John Lennon's "Imagine," Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin On" and Fear's "Let's Have a War" will be included.
A full "eMOTIVe" track list was not available at deadline, according to a label spokesperson.
In advance of the album, the group has posted an animated video for the original track "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums." According to Keenan, who is also the frontman of Tool, the clip "pok[es] fun at our fearless leader. Hopefully, you'll find it as entertaining as we do."
In the video, U.S. President George W. Bush distributes mesmerizing televisions that turn children into sheep. The animals are eventually led off a cliff to a pounding chant of "go back to sleep."
The album will be the follow-up to last year's "Thirteenth Step," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 854,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In June, the band closed a world tour's U.S. leg at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
In the balance of his message, Keenan implores APC fans to "Remember... Every single vote counts. Don't let yourself be tricked into thinking it does not. It is important for us all to engage this political system and to be conscious of who is being chosen to speak for us. If you choose not to be involved with decisions that affect your life on a daily basis, in our opinion, you forfeit your right to complain about it later.
"Think for yourself. Question authority," he adds. "Hopefully you will choose to vote on November 2nd."