Formed by C.J. Pierce, Stevie Benton and Mike Luce in Dallas, TX in 1996, Drowning Pool began as an instrumental trio, named after the 1975 film The Drowning Pool. The group enlisted singer Dave Williams to join their fold three years later and the band signed with Wind-up Records which released Sinner in 2001. Williams died tragically on tour August 14, 2002, stricken by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an undiagnosed heart condition. Sinner stands as his only studio album with Drowning Pool.
Jasen Moreno has fronted the band since 2012. In addition to being Drowning Pool’s longest- tenured frontman, he is also the only singer to record three studio albums with the band.
“As a band, we’ve been through all the ups and downs you can imagine and then some,” says drummer Mike Luce. “When our manager told us that Universal was interested, we were beyond excited, but honestly thought it was just a pipe dream. Then we met the team, things became real, and we realized that they truly are as passionate about music as we are. After all that we’ve been through, being a part of the Universal family is just an unimaginable moment.”
Usually the talkative one, guitarist C.J. Pierce sums it up succinctly: “We’re grateful, thankful as hell, and looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with UMe.”