"Robb's MetalWorks" conducted an interview with drummer Mike Luce and vocalist Jasen Moreno of Texas heavy rockers DROWNING POOL on December 12 at Backstage Live in San Antonio, Texas. You can now watch the chat below.DROWNING POOL's fifth studio album, "Resilience"., was released on April 9 via Eleven Seven Music. The CD sold 6,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 72 on The Billboard chart. The band teamed up with producer Kato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey, as well as John Feldmann (THE USED, STORY OF THE YEAR), and completed the album in Dallas. DROWNING POOL posted video footage online taken on the group's third USO tour, which brought them to play for U.S. troops stationed in the U.K. on May 3 and Germany on May 5 and May 7. In addition to the performances, the members of the band participated in meet-and-greet events, signed autographs and spent time listening to servicemen and women's tales of being deployed overseas.
This was the first DROWNING POOL USO tour for Moreno, who joined the group last year following the departure of Ryan McCombs. The band also played for more than 20,000 troops in 2005 and 2006 at bases in Kuwait, Iraq and Germany. DROWNING POOL has also worked with veterans groups, including the Wounded Warrior Project and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), to help soldiers returning home, as drummer Mike Luce told The Pulse Of Radio a while back: "We've gone over there, we've played shows in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany, Guantanamo Bay, you know, and then the USO as well, it's all good stuff. To us it makes sense, you know. We're just four guys that got lucky to be in a band together, and after playing for the troops overseas we just felt we could do a little bit to help out, without getting on a soapbox and preaching to people." DROWNING POOL invited military personnel from their hometown of Dallas to a record release party in April for "Resilience". All proceeds were donated to the USO.