Who says rap and rock don't work well together? Well, when it's Lil Wayne bridging the two genres, things get questionable, but P.O.D., or Payable on Death, as the band is also known, has the whole formula worked out very nicely.
Just a few months back, the band put out its eighth studio release, Murdered Love, after a short hiatus from the industry. The album has been well-received by mainstream audiences and even hit number one on Christian rock charts. Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of the nü-metal act, who's easy with a laugh, spoke with us about the band's new fan-designed logo, keeping it real as a Christian in rock, and the upcoming cruise leaving from Fort Lauderdale, ShipRocked.
New Times: Your album Murdered Love came out recently. How's the response been so far to the album?
Sonny Sandoval: So far, so good. I think we were number two in the rock charts that week. The response so far has been amazing. I'm on the road now supporting it.
What have people told you about the album. Has anyone come up and told you what they like the best? What they've most responded to?
In taking two years off, to clear our heads, just get away from the industry and whatever trends of music are out there right now. I think one of the biggest responses has been, just friends and family who are listening to the record over and over, that we've really gone back to our roots. Soundwise and lyrically. I know it sounds so cliché to say this -- I've never said it about an album -- but it probably is my favorite record. 'Cause I know we played every song on the record live. It's fun. It has a nice flow to it.
You guys are going on ShipRocked. Are there any other bands you're looking forward to performing with?
We do a lot of the rock shows. One of the bands, Godsmack, we were on the Uproar tour with all summer long. We just played with Korn. We see those guys all the time. We're all friends, so this is kind of more like a vacation for all of us if anything. You come out for a few days; we get you your flights and your cabins. This is a rock show. It's like, let's do it. It's going to be fun. All together, the bands are great.
It's just funny to think of all these like rock guys, all hard out there on the high seas drinking mai tais, getting tan. Is that what it's like?
[laughs] It's funny, because for me, I knew that this ShipRocked existed. I was like, "What kind of people actually go?" and it's almost sold out. They added Korn to the bill. You'd be amazed, just being on the road, after shows, people'll be like, "Yo, I'm going on that ShipRocked." It's like this is their vacation. They save up their money. I'm thinking it's like, who really, that's expensive, who's really going to go on this thing? But for rock fans, in their mind, it's like, yo, I'm going to go on a cruise; I'm going to get to hang around and talk to all of these bands. Because it really is, you're kind of locked in on this ship, so that's what you're kind of doing. You're mingling and having fun with all the passengers.