It’s been six years since Drowning Pool’s last album, 2016’s Hellelujah, and we’re happy to say that, um, hellelujah, the Texas hard rockers have announced a new studio effort. Titled Strike a Nerve, the record will also be their first as part of their new label deal with UMe/T-Boy.
The forthcoming album is the band’s seventh overall and third with front man Jasen Moreno. “I’m so grateful for such a big opportunity, and I’m proud of everyone’s hard work that afforded us this chance,” the singer says. “It’s been such a flood of emotions since we started recording this album and talking to Universal, it almost didn’t seem real when everything was put on pause because of Covid. I’m so eager for people to hear the new record and get out there and perform it live. I’m very excited, and I welcome the pressure of the moment, but what I feel most is gratitude and anticipation for what the future holds.”
The new album and label deal were completed prior to the pandemic, which afforded Drowning Pool, which also includes original members C.J. Pierce (guitar), Stevie Benton (bass) and Mike Luce (drums), the chance to live with the finished material for more than a year-and-a-half before they could make plans for its release.
“I don’t want to be one of those guys who spouts off about Strike a Nerve being the greatest record we’ve ever made, but I’m looking forward to letting everyone who hears it have that debate,” says Benton. “What I will say is that we put every bit of our heart and soul into these songs and hope everyone digs the album as much as we do.”
As for the music itself, Drowning Pool offered a sneak peek at Strike a Nerve on the recent ShipRocked cruise, unveiling the title track and “Hate Against Hate” during a headlining set.
The band reports that new music will be in the set list when they hit the road in March on the Brothers in Arms tour alongside Ill Niño and (Hed)P.E.
The tour come on the heels of the 20th anniversary of Sinner, Drowning Pool’s 2001 debut and their sole recording with singer Dave Williams, who died tragically on tour on August 14, 2002 from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an undiagnosed heart condition.
“As a band, we’ve been through all the ups and downs you can imagine, and then some,” says Luce. “When our manager told us that Universal was interested, we were beyond excited, but honestly thought it was just a pipe dream. Then we met the team, things became real, and we realized that they truly are as passionate about music as we are. After all that we’ve been through, being a part of the Universal family is just an unimaginable moment.”
Says Pierce, “We’re grateful, thankful as hell, and looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with UMe.”
Stay tuned for new Drowning Pool music, and until then, check out the Brothers in Arms tour itinerary below.
Brothers in Arms 2022 Tour
Mar 13 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Box
Mar 15 - Destin, FL @ Club LA
Mar 16 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Mar 18 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Mar 19 - Portland, ME @ AURA
Mar 20 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally's
Mar 21 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Mar 23 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Pierre's
Mar 24 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Mar 25 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar 26 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
Mar 27 - Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theatre
Mar 29 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
Mar 31 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Apr 01 - Tacoma, WA @ Spanish Ballroom
Apr 02 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
Apr 03 - Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse
Apr 04 - Roseville, CA @ Goldfield Trading Post
Apr 05 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A GoGo
Apr 06 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
Apr 07 – El Paso, TX @ The Rock House
Apr 08 - Dallas, TX @ Granada
Apr 09 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
Apr 10 - Abilene, TX @ Abilene Convention Center
Dec 09-11 - Waregem, Belgium @ Waregemse Metal Days