Jasen Moreno admits he was “green” when Drowning Pool brought him on as its fourth lead singer. He wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
But it’s been a learning experience for him and the rest of the guys.
“I think we’re learning a proper balance,” Moreno says. “We’re learning not to be just total miserable bastards who spout hatred and frustrations. We want to embrace all the facets of our band and our craft. We want to maybe get a little experimental on the next record.”
Moreno says he and the band are continually writing new material. Drowning Pool, who performs at Tempe Marketplace on Friday, November 17, last released new music in 2016 with the album Hellelujah.
“We’re itching to get back in the studio,” Moreno says. “We want to continue to learn and evolve. I think Hellelujah was a great record. It was my second record with the guys.
“It’s been a minute, but I hope to continue to expand upon the momentum of Helleujah.”
Moreno follows in the footsteps of a handful off singers. Dave Williams was found dead in his tour bus in in the early 2000s. Jason “Gong” Jones replaced him, but departed due to “irreconcilable differences.” SOiL singer Ryan McCombs came on board in 2005, but later left to rejoin his band.
“When I joined—this is my own experience and how it relates to the band—I felt overwhelmed,” Moreno says. “On Helleujah, I had the desire to do everything my way. It’s us against the world. That was a bit petulant and juvenile.
“We went through that as a band and, in turn, we made a really heavy album. We’re still heavy. We’re just growing now and maybe trying to find a good balance between the two styles. It’s an interesting topic to ponder.”
He’s quick to add that all four sides of Drowning Pool will be represented at Tempe Marketplace.
“There will be lots of smiles, sweat, cursing, loud guitars, drums and obviously all the hits from the back catalog,” he says. “You’ll see a typical, rowdy, obnoxious Drowning Pool.”
Fans are what’s important to Moreno these days. He dislikes the invisible boundary between the band and the audience.
“I need to believe there’s a relationship we share with the crowd,” he says. “Whether you’re a Drowning Pool fan or not. There’s not a lot of ego. We just want to hang out and have a good time and play some rock music.
“I hope that translates through the dynamic we have on stage. I don’t necessarily care for the high stages. It because less about four dudes on stage playing rock music. It’s just a bunch of people in a room having fun. None of this would be possible without the fans.”
Drowning Pool and special guests, Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.966.9338, tempemarketplace.com, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 17, free.