Bassist Stevie Benton of Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL recently spoke to AOL‘s Noisecreep about the latest addition to the group lineup: singer Jasen Moreno. Moreno, who previously fronted fellow Texas bandTHE SUICIDE HOOK, is DROWNING POOL‘s fourth and newest frontman.Jasen replaces vocalist Ryan McCombs, who exited the group at the end of 2011 after a six-year stint in the lineup.
Asked how DROWNING POOL‘s chemistry has been affected by the singer changes over the years, Benton said: “Well, it’s a forced form of band evolution, I would say, certainly not something you strive for and not something that I would advise other bands to do, because it’s a lot of extra work and it’s hard on you at times, but for us, we still had a such great time with Dave [Williams, DROWNING POOL‘s original singer] and such great vibes still remains and we’ve been trying to recapture that ever since then. It feels cheap to stick with a chemistry that just doesn’t feel right and so maybe that’s why we’ve had a lot of turnover. We knew if we switched singers again that a lot of people would look at it and make comments, but for us it seemed like it was worth it to take that shot at capturing the best chemistry we ever had. So we did. Look, sometimes you have to shift gears and I’m sure some of our ex-singers feel the same way: ‘I can’t wait to get the hell out of here.'”
He added: “One thing we have learned is that each singer has strong points and weak points and we’ve learned to craft the sound of the band that will benefit the singer at the time. It can be tricky at times to learn the nuances of it, but this time around, one fortunate thing is Jasen, our new singer, is a Dallas guy, we’ve know him for years and so it’s not like having a stranger coming in. We had a great idea about him though, who he is and what he is about, and so we’ve been able to hit the ground running.”
DROWNING POOL‘s video for the song “Saturday Night” was directed byJon Bertorelli and produced by Daniel Livschultz, both of Vulpine Films. The track comes off the band’s fifth album, which is due out in early 2013 via Eleven Seven Music. The band teamed up with producerKato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey, as well asJohn Feldmann (THE USED, STORY OF THE YEAR), and completed the album in Dallas.
Moreno made his live debut as a member of DROWNING POOL on July 8 at a club in Ardmore, Oklahoma.