Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL have tapped Jonathan Bertorelli to direct the video for their new song “Saturday Night”. The track will appear on the band’s fifth album, which is due out in early 2013 via Eleven Seven Music. The band teamed up with producer Kato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey earlier this year, and completed the album in Dallas.
A new DROWNING POOL song called “In Memory Of…” can be streamed below. The track was released last month to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing of the band’s original singer, Dave Williams.
Said DROWNING POOL: “This song is dedicated to anyone and everyone who has lost a friend or family member. This one is from us to you, Dave.”
Williams died on tour in 2002 after singing on the band’s debut, “Sinner”. He was replaced by Jason “Gong” Jones, who also contributed to one record, “Desensitized”, before being shown the door in 2004.
“In Memory Of…” is the first studio recording to be made available with DROWNING POOL‘s fourth singer, Jasen Moreno, who replaced Ryan McCombs.
McCombs exited the group at the end of 2011 after a six-year stint in the lineup. He sang on two studio efforts by DROWNING POOL, 2007’s “Full Circle” and 2010’s self-titled fourth album.
Moreno, who previously sang in fellow Texas band THE SUICIDE HOOK, made his live debut as a member of DROWNING POOL on July 8 at a club in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
In a posting on the band’s official Facebook page, DROWNING POOL guitarist C.J. Pierce wrote, “It’s been a real pleasure for all of us working with Jasen Moreno. He jumped right in and stepped up to the plate. He’s everything we hoped for in a singer.”
He continued, “Jasen came in and got straight to work on new music for our next CD. Out of respect to all past singers, and most importantly the DROWNING POOL fans, he learned every song from every CD we’ve made in the past as well.
“Jasen has brought us not only a new voice but a new fire to the DROWNING POOL sound. We all can’t wait to get the new music out to there to everyone with the live show.
“Looking forward to the rest of our career with Jasen. The singer switch is finally over!”
In an exclusive interview in the September 2012 issue of Guitar World magazine, Moreno said, “I am extremely happy and very grateful to be a part of the DROWNING POOL family. Everyone’s been so welcoming, especially the fans. I can’t praise them enough. They’ve made me feel right at home. This first run of live shows couldn’t have gone any better!”
DROWNING POOL is:
C.J. Pierce – Guitar, Vocals
Stevie Benton – Bass, Vocals
Mike Luce – Drums, Vocals
Jasen Moreno – Vocals