The saying is if at first you don't succeed, try and try again. And that's exactly what Dallas' Drowning Pool has done with its lead singers.
The hard rock group's founding frontman Dave Williams died of a heart attack during the 2002 OZZFest tour, while the group was cresting with the success of its first album and hit single "Bodies." Jason Jones lasted for two years and Ryan McCombs spent six with the band, but its latest album, "Resilience" -- which comes out April 2 -- sees the debut of Jasen [cq] Moreno after McCombs left to rejoin the band SOiL. [cq]
"We're gluttons for punishment, man!" guitarist C.J. Pierce says with a laugh. "I knew about Ryan a good while back, before we parted ways, that it wasn't going to work out. I went through a little bout of depression, like, 'Here we go again...' I knew in order to step forward we were going to have to step back, which was really frustrating. I'm sure it is for our fans, too, to go through a switch like that again.
"But now I look back, and things happen for a reason. It led us on this path and now we've got our favorite musician we've ever worked with, hands down. So we had to go through all the rest of it to get to this point."
Moreno, according to Pierce, also hails from Dallas and has always been friendly with Drowning Pool since the late 90s. Nevertheless, the group "had no idea" Moreno planned to audition for the vacancy but was gratified he did once Moreno started singing.
"It was just so easy, way easier than we ever thought it was going to be," says Pierce, 40. "Jasen has always been that guy on the scene; he was always great but never got his shot. It definitely helped that we've known him for a long time.
"He just came in and learned every song off every record, and then we sent him a batch of new songs to write on and he sent them back and they sounded great. He's just a really sweet guy and a team player. We're a better band with him in it, I think."
Drowning Pool and Flyleaf perform Saturday, March 9, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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