P.O.D Mainman ‘Sonny Sandoval’ “The Awakening Is a ‘Conceptual’ Record”, Fan-Filmed Footage of New Songs Available


POD_2014Hard rockers P.O.D. (Payable On Death) have set an August 21 release date for their new album, “The Awakening”. The CD’s first single will arrive later this month.

‘We’re excited about the new record,’ P.O.D. singer Sonny Sandoval told MikeJamesRockShow.com this past Saturday (May 10) in Plymouth, United Kingdom (see video below). ‘It’s a conceptual record, so it’s something different for us. It has a storyline to it. I mean, the songs… we love ’em. We had a chance to play a few new ones live.’

P.O.D is currently on the road with Hoobastank & Alien Ant Farm , remaining U.K. dates are listed below.

“The Awakening” was recorded at a Los Angeles-area studio with P.O.D.’s longtime producer Howard Benson.

In a recent interview with Loudwire, P.O.D. singer Sonny Sandoval stated about the material for the band’s forthcoming album: ‘I’m digging it. We have a little something different. I can’t really say now, but we’re trying a different approach.’

He continued: ‘I think what we’ve done, it’s such a collection of songs that not everybody gets. Some bands sound like one song the whole album through. We’ve been all over the place, because we are punk, hardcore, rock ‘n’ roll, metal, reggae, and I think sometimes it might be too much diversity and kids are lost. It’s too big of a buffet for them to go for and they want three chords sometimes. We’re never going to do that.’

Sandoval added: ‘We’re putting something together that tells a story. Maybe it’s just for us, maybe it’s not for your average listener, but it’s something we’re having a lot of fun doing. We’re excited.’

P.O.D.’s last release was “SoCal Sessions”, a collection of acoustic versions of some of the band’s most popular songs. The CD came out last November.

A digital re-release of a special deluxe edition of P.O.D.‘s latest studio album, “Murdered Love”, was made available in October 2013. Highlights included two previously unreleased studio tracks, ‘Burn It Down’ and ‘Find A Way’ (recorded with Benson) and an acoustic version of the band’s Top 5 hit ‘Beautiful’. Additional tracks include an acoustic version of ‘West Coast Rock Steady’, an alternate version of ‘On Fire’ and ‘Lost In Forever (Scream)’, plus various music videos and behind-the-scenes footage from the “Murdered Love” album cycle.

“Murdered Love” sees the band reunited with long-time producer Howard Benson who also produced the band’s massive “Satellite” album alongside hit albums for Kelly Clarkson, Theory Of A Deadman, Daughtry, and My Chemical Romance.

“Murdered Love” is P.O.D‘s first new album in four years, “Murdered Love”, was released on July 10th 2012 on Razor & Tie. 

Our review of “Murdered Love” can be found here.


Upcoming Shows:
May 12 Sub 89 w/ Hoobastank, Alie… Reading, United Kingdom
May 13 William Aston Hall w/ Hoobastank, Alie… Wrexham, United Kingdom
May 14 Motions w/ Hoobastank, Alie… Bristol, United Kingdom
May 15 Y PLAS w/ Hoobastank, Alie… Cardiff, United Kingdom
May 16 Academy 2 w/ Hoobastank, Alie… Manchester, United Kingdom
May 17 Engine Rooms w/ Hoobastank, Alie… South Ockendon, United Kingdom
May 19 Yotaspace Moscow, Russia
May 20 Glav Club Petersberg, Germany

Jun 14 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, IN
Jun 20 95X Fest Pennellville, NY
Jun 25 Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival Alix, Canada
Jun 27 Stars & Stripes Festival Sterling Heights, MI
Jul 04 Carver County Fairgrounds Waconia, MN
Jul 10 Common Ground Music Festival Lansing, MI
Jul 15 Festival of the Lakes Hammond, IN
Jul 18 Mickey’s Bar & Grill Lancaster, OH
Aug 07 Guitars Under The Stars Lebanon, OR

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Video below: ‘Somebody’s Trying to Kill Me’ (New song)

Video below: New song

Related articles:
P.O.D – Murdered Love [Album Review]
‘P.O.D.’ Announce Brand New Acoustic Album, Crowdfunding Campaign Launched on ‘PledgeMusic’ [June 2014]
‘P.O.D’ Professional Filmed Footage of Belo Horizonte/Brazil Show Available [Aug. 2014]
P.O.D. Begins Recording New Album, U.K. Tour with ‘Hoobastank’ & ‘Alien Ant Farm’ Kicks off May 7th.  [March 2015]
P.O.D. to Release “The Awakening” Album In August, U.K. Tour with ‘Hoobastank’ & ‘Alien Ant Farm’ Kicks off May 7th. [April 2015]

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