I had a chance to briefly chat with CJ Pierce, the lead guitarist of Texas metal band Drowning Pool last Sunday at Rock on the Range at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The guitarist of the band known for such songs as “Bodies”, “Step Up” and “37 Stitches” was visiting Columbus with B.C. Rich guitars – just to hang with the fans, check out some great music and promote his newest custom guitar.
Pierce’s band was not playing the massive music festival this year, as his band has yet to announce their new lead singer following the departure of Ryan McCombs. McCombs, meanwhile, performed at ROTR this year as the singer for SOiL, his original band, which he re-joined last fall after six years fronting Drowning Pool. According to Pierce, neither he nor the remaining members of Drowning Pool hold any ill will toward McCombs for leaving the group. “It was an amicable split,” he said, “I wouldn’t have wanted him in the band in the first place if I didn’t like his voice, and we are definitely still on good terms.
Drowning Pool has been locked in the studio for the last several months working on a new album, the follow-up to 2010’s self-titled release. According to Pierce, he needed some fresh air after so much time indoors recording and tracking the new songs! Check out the audio from the interview below for more on his thoughts on the split with McCombs, Rock on the Range, and a preview of the new album, which Pierce states is “more metal than ever.”