DROWNING POOL guitarist C.J. Pierce was recently asked by Guitar.com to point out some of the differences between the group's debut album, "Sinner", and its newly released follow-up, "Desensitized".
"It's almost like night and day," he replied. "Every producer has a different process. I definitely feel this CD captures more of us and who we are musically. Working with Jay [Baumgardner] was our first experience. It was a learning experience. We've been in and out of the studio since then and we always learn more. Keep your eyes open and you find out about how to make your band sound the way you want it to and capture what you guys are really about. It was totally different process. It seems like it is more of us than on the first one. The first one is great. I'm not knocking it. I still like that record but, like anybody says, you still go back and listen to things and you always hear stuff you could have done. I'm sure two years from now I'll go, 'Man, I could have done this and that!' Right now I feel we've done all we could. I'm totally satisfied."
C.J. also spoke about the addition of new vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones to the group's lineup following the tragic death of the band's previous frontman, Dave Williams. Asked at what point he realized Jason was the right guy for DROWNING POOL, C.J. said, "He had a good distinct voice that stuck out. There were couple of guys where the voices stuck out, but his definitely stuck out the most. I noticed when I picked him up from the airport he had that 'finger' attitude and had that demeanor about him. I didn't know what I was looking for. He's standing there lighting up a cigarette. He's got tattoos all over his neck. The whole ride back to the rehearsal room he was funny as hell. He's got the 'finger' attitude going and that's what you wanna have. It almost got a little too good sometimes!" (laughs)
Read C.J.'s entire interview with Guitar.com at this location.