The Rocklahoma Files:
Catching up with Drowning Pool at Rocklahoma 2011, I was immediately struck with the band’s down-to-earth vibe. Picture sitting in your living room, catching up with old friends. Already very dedicated to supporting the troops, Drowning Pool has agreed to do a ten-day USO run.
Excerpts from the interview:
You’re busy touring, obviously. I know you guys are really hard workers, is that your 100% focus right now, or are you doing stuff on the tour bus on the side?
We’ve been hitting it pretty hard the last four years. We just did a two-month run with the guys from Pop Evil. We’ll take the next two weeks off and start working on some new tunes, and kinda just doing weekend runs right now, through the end of summer.
You were just on a multi-stop headlining tour. That must have been a positive experience.
It was a great run. Like you were saying, it was about eight weeks: Pop Evil, us, Trust Company, Static Cycle, and Anew Revolution. It was good venues, it was good to get out there. A long eight week stretch: hit the road, pound, pound, pound away at the clubs and the venues, come home, rest for a little bit, throw out the next single Regret, which is out now—you can check that out—and just start working on new material for the next record, which we hope to hit the studio in the next few months.
Do you have a working title yet?
No. It’s still in the early stages. We end up fighting each other. Whoever wins [mimes an elbow shot to the back of the head] they get to pick the name of the record, then we start saying that, then somebody… I’m going with Pretty, Pretty Princes! Again? I’m going to push it till I get it… Or for a band name, how about Scooter McGerkhins and the Beanie Weenie Band?
Multi-media: Film soundtracks, video games… Does it sort of fall into place, or are you pursuing that?
Honestly, I don’t think it happens enough. I mean it’s awesome to be on those video games. I don’t know what we’re up to now…
You’ve been very active in supporting the troops. You just performed at Fort Hood in April and you’re doing Fort Bliss in July. Do you have anything else planned?
We have a USO run coming up, like a 10-day USO run coming up.
Rocklahoma 2011 kicked off this holiday weekend on May 27-29. The three day rock festival is now in its fifth year at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Started as a call to arms for ‘80s rock, Rocklahoma has more recently extended its arms to embrace some newer rock acts as well, blending the generations for three days of “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock.” And besides, who better to pave the way for the newer generation than the likes of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Whitesnake!
Day 2 featured Staind, Sebastian Bach, Rev Theory, Cavo, Pop Evil, The Gracious Few, Hail the Villain, Taddy Porter and Drowning Pool! Check out our gallery from Drowning Pool’s set below.
May 28, 2011
Rocklahoma– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman
October 8, 2010
Tsongas Center– Lowell, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette
Our video of the week is the latest single from Drowning Pool – “Turn So Cold”. The tune is off of their current self-titled album, out now on Eleven Seven Music. Check it out below:
Drowning Pool is offering fans a free download of the first single “Feel Like I Do” off of their upcoming self-titled album. Head over to their website to download yours!