P.O.D. Inks New Deal; New Album Due April 8
"Our fans are excited and we're having a lot of fun," says vocalist Sonny Sandoval. "After four years Marcos is back in the band and we've got new music. Things are exciting again. When the four of us are in a room making music it's definitely right and Marcos brings that passion for music into the band."
The quartet's renewed vigor is evident throughout When Angels and Serpents Dance. From the searing guitar which kicks off the hard-rocking first single, "Addicted,"(which the band will perform live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 8) and the striking and poignant, "End Of The World" (complete with gospel choir!); to the album's most ferocious track, the savage "Like Old Times." "Like Old Times" was the first song written by the reunited incarnation of the quartet. "I think that was the first riff Marcos showed us." Sonny says of the song. "The working title was called 'Seems Like Old Times'. He started writing a riff and the way we remembered it as our first riff together was to call it that!"
"It's just great to get back to basics and give it another whirl & tap into our souls." says an inspired Marcos. "This band is a supernatural experience to me! It has literally surpassed many of my vivid dreams...I'm blessed and excited to reconnect with family & friends. I hope to pursue & establish the passion that began in 1992 with 4 brothers who just followed God, dreams & our music."
Prior to the release of When Angels and Serpents Dance the band will take part in Hard Rock Café's month long charity drive for Musicians on Call and perform at various Hard Rock Café's throughout the country. On Tuesday, March 18 there will be an album listening event at Hard Rock locations in Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia and San Francisco. These listening parties will have a voluntary $5 donation to the Musicians on Call charity and a register to win drawing for various P.O.D. items.
Beginning March 25, P.O.D. will criss-cross the country to perform live in 8 markets at various Hard Rock Café venues including a special hometown show on April 7 in San Diego the night before the CD is released in-stores. The Hard Rock shows will give P.O.D. fans a chance to be up close with the band in the intimate setting of the Hard Rock Café venues. The San Diego show will be broadcast live over the internet on ALL ACCESS Warrior Pass. This will allow fans to have access to exclusive footage, witness the hometown performance and a chance to interact with the band and other fans. P.O.D. will also be special guests on Rockline Radio show on Monday April, 7 before the Hard Rock performance that same evening. Hard Rock Café Club shows:
25 Hollywood, CA @ Universal Studios
27 Orlando, FL - (THQ Superslam Raw vs Smackdown at House of Blues) Not part of Hard Rock tour
28 Miami, FL - 401 Biscayne Blvd.
29 Washington DC - 999 E. Street N.W.
31 Chicago, IL - 63 W. Ontario
1 St. Louis, MO - 450 St. Louis Union Station
2 Denver, CO - 500 16th Street Mall
3 Phoenix, AZ - 3 South 2nd Street
7 San Diego, CA - 801 4th Avenue
As has always been the case with P.O.D. the band looked to those that inspired them rather than the hot artist of the moment for guests on the album. "That's what we do on our records; we bring in people that influenced us." Joining in the fun was Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies, who guests on the track "Kaliforn-Eye-A," and The Marley Sisters (the daughters of Bob Marley), who lend their vocal prowess to what Sonny calls "Our reggae track (I'll Be Ready)." Helmet's Paige Hamilton sings on "God Forbid," which Sonny calls "probably our heaviest song."
When Angels and Serpents Dance (produced by Jay Baumgardner: Evanescence, etc.) is ultimately a record of P.O.D. in 2008. "As far as P.O.D. goes it's always for the moment," Sonny says. "I just kind of go through it and whatever the song brings out in us that's it. There's a lot of passion on this record."
Indeed, When Angels and Serpents Dance is the sound of a rejuvenated band: passionate, aggressive and with a message for our times.
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