As a perfect example of a band that can truly persevere through anything and stand the test of time, Drowning Pool has proven that they can fight through even the most difficult of struggles. With one finger and a fist, the Texan rockers are climbing their way out of any situation with a kickass new singer, new album and supporting tour.
Many groups would have fallen apart following the death of a lead singer. And after running through two other vocalists, with one leaving due to musical differences and the other to rejoin an old band, most would have swiftly called it quits. Not Drowning Pool, though. Four seems to be the band's lucky number, as they've finally recruited an ideal match for their fourth (and hopefully final) singer, Jasen Moreno.
"A lot of bands have broken up over less things than what we've gone through. We've definitely gone through every cliché thing that usually happens to bands which they break up over. But we're still here. We love music and we're best friends," says guitarist C.J. Pierce. That's precisely how the band members kept their motivation high and discouragement low.
"Whenever anything has happened to us, I think we just kind of grouped together and helped each other get through it, versus... you know... just quitting what you love. I've heard a lot of people say, 'after this [thing], you should hang it up - you should quit!' It's like, well this is my life and this is what I love to do. So just because that one part of it isn't working, you make it work. You find a way ... or you replace a person if they're not working, which obviously we had to do recently. You need to make improvements to better yourself and your band to keep moving forward. And sometimes, you have to take one step back to move forward."
Moreno is Drowning Pool's key to moving forward. Out of a massive handful of singer submissions and auditions, he was chosen as their newest member. Not only was he a longtime friend (sticking around since the band's formation in 1996), he possessed qualities that made him outshine the rest of the candidates.
"He's just a super great guy - super nice, super passionate. He's a singer/songwriter like the rest of us, and it's nice to finally have somebody that can you bounce ideas off of. So when he came into the band, the creative process really took off. We just started writing all kinds of stuff! I think we've written more songs together with Jasen in this last year than we have in our whole careers because we finally found that guy that we can work with," says Pierce.
Since Moreno is the complete opposite of the band's previous vocalist, Pierce had nothing but rave reviews towards his performance and attitude thus far. He shows up early to rehearsals, stays late, tries everything a thousand different ways to see what works best and spends 15-hour days perfecting material. If that doesn't scream "dedication," we're not sure what does.
Not only is the rest of the band filled with positivity toward Moreno, but die-hard fans have given their stamp of approval for the new singer as well. He can flawlessly hit every note of every song, and can scream just as hard during "Bodies" as Drowning Pool's original vocalist, Dave Williams (may he rest in peace). Once the material is witnessed in person, minds are completely blown. Pierce enjoys watching the crowds' reactions.
"It's fun to see it from the stage. You can see it in their faces. They're like, oh, this guy is AWESOME!" | RDW
Drowning Pool with Flyleaf • 3/9, 7 p.m. • St. Andrew's Hall • 431 East Congress, Detroit • saintandrewsdetroit.com • 313.961.8961 • $20