P.O.D. Takes a Leap Forward With 'Circles': Album Premiere

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After 26 years and 9 studio albums, San Diego's P.O.D. was open to attempting one thing new for its newest launch, Circles, premiering completely beneath forward of its Nov. 16 launch.

The heavy rocking quartet labored on the 11-song set with the Los Angeles manufacturing duo the Heavy. It was probably the most in depth collaboration P.O.D. had ever undertaken, and frontman Sonny Sandoval acknowledges to Billboard that it marked a big leap for him and his bandmates.

"We had been simply extra open-minded to co-write, which we've by no means accomplished earlier than," Sandoval says. "We had been sort of leery of that course of, however we had been open -- we had nothing to lose, so we did it. They know the way we felt about it, too, in order that they undoubtedly weren't pushy." But it didn't take lengthy for P.O.D. to heat to the method, both.

"We sat down with them and began writing songs and introduced riffs and concepts to the desk," Sandoval recalled. "(The Heavy) is contemporary and opinionated; They're younger and nonetheless enthusiastic about this business and the recording course of. So we sat with them and all of us threw out vocal concepts or melody concepts and even some lyric concepts -- which normally is my job and the band's fingers off, however all of us got here up with stuff. They had plenty of concepts and we had fun with them."

Sandoval says there was "no grasp plan" about Circles; There's loads of P.O.D.'s acquainted wallop in tracks reminiscent of "Rockin' With the Best" and "Always Southern California." But he credit The Heavy with bringing totally different flavors and textures into the combination, such because the loops and distorted sounds on "Panic Attack," whereas "Domino" was virtually completely on the Heavy's behest. "There's no approach in heck I'd ever write a tune referred to as 'Domino,' however it got here out nice," Sandoval says with amusing. "After 26 years we're jaded, however these younger guys actually introduced that pleasure again to us, 'trigger they had been so excited to work with us. They simply gave us somewhat power increase, which is one thing we would have liked."

Circles' title, in the meantime, has a mess of meanings to Sandoval, and never all of them are what followers essentially need to hear. "Part of the thought was, 'Man, is that this new starting for P.O.D., or is the gorgeous finish?'" the frontman says. "We're 25 years on this sport. We’ve been there, accomplished that, seen all of it. Nowadays you've bought to tour 13 months out of the 12 months simply to make a dwelling. Our households are getting older. We're getting older. Everyone goes by way of their very own private stuff. So we're simply attempting to make the appropriate selections.

"But I'm stoked that it's been this lengthy and we're nonetheless out right here and nonetheless love one another and nonetheless like being collectively."

That's a superb factor, as a result of P.O.D. hits the highway once more this week for tour dates to advertise Circles. The group will wrap up in North America throughout mid-December, then has a European tour kicking off Feb. 15 in Germany. Sandoval says there will likely be one other North American trek after that and summer time festivals abroad.