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Drowning Pool Hopes Third Time's The Charm

Of the Oakland Press

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Drowning Pool is not a band that gives up easily.

The Dallas hard rock group’s first singer, Dave Williams, died from a heart disorder during the 2002 OZZFest tour. His replacement, Jason “Gong” Jones, lasted just one album.

But bassist Steve Benton says he and his bandmates expect better fortunes with new frontman Ryan McCombs and Drowning Pool’s third album, “Full Circle,” which comes out Aug. 7.

“When Jason came in the band,” Benton, 33, remembers, “we made a record without any touring, without seeing if that live energy was gonna jibe or not. With Ryan, we spent a lot of time on the road touring before we even stepped foot into the studio.

“And once Ryan joined the band, it was kind of like a brotherhood again, like we had when Davey was in the band. It was something we were very much missing on the second record.”

Drowning Pool has another kind of camaraderie, too — with U.S. military personnel, especially overseas combat troops who turned the group’s first hit, “Bodies,” into a training and fighting anthem. The group has responded in kind, with numerous USO visits and with “Soldiers,” the first single from “Full Circle.”

“At this point, we have all these military people coming to our shows all the time, and we’ve gotten to know so many of them,” Benton says. “It’s not a political thing at all; it’s just a personal relationship with have with them now.

“ ‘Bodies’ was written for them; it was just a song about being in a mosh pit at a rock show that they picked up as their own. So with ‘Soldiers,’ we just wanted to give them a song directly related to them, just for them, with no ambiguity at all. It’s our way of saluting them and their service, basically.”

Drowning Pool, Woden Abandon and others perform Saturday (July 28th) at the Ritz, 24300 Hoover Road, Warren. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call (586) 756-6140 or visit www.myspace.com/theritzrockbar.

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