P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval talks "Murdered Love"

P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval is getting mentally ready to push "Murdered Love," his band's first album in four years. But once he hits the stage April 28 with his San Diego-based bandmates, all will be fine. // Tour dates at SoundSpike

P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval is getting mentally ready to push "Murdered Love," his band's first album in four years. But once he hits the stage April 28 with his San Diego-based bandmates, all will be fine.

"We've always been a live band," Sandoval told SoundSpike. "When we get out in front of the fans and all our friends, it just kind of comes natural. We've been doing it for 20 years. That's what makes the music -- just getting out and touching people, letting people hear the new stuff."

P.O.D. formed in 1992 and has sold more than 10 million records, scored a series of chart-topping radio hits and landed four No. 1 MTV videos, according to a press release. With a 15-year career under its collective belt, P.O.D. has released seven studio albums, received three Grammy Award nominations and contributed to numerous motion picture soundtracks.

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The Christian-based band achieved mainstream success with its third studio album, "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown." The next release, the Howard Benson-produced "Satellite," spawned the hits "Alive" and "Youth of the Nation," pushing it to go triple platinum.

"Murdered Love," which will be released by Razor and Tie in the summer, features the first preview track "Eyez," with guest vocals from Jamey Jasta. Although he also could not discuss further specifics of the collection, Sandoval dud say that Benson produced it.

"We have a lot of love for Howard and he does for us," Sandoval said. "We're his first gold and platinum record. Once our careers kind of took off and he went into 'American Idol' land and all pop records and all that kind of stuff, he just skyrocketed.

"When we took that little break and even contemplating what music's all about, he was one of those guys who said, 'I would love to do a record with you guys.' He was hungry and excited to do a P.O.D. record. That's what motivated us a lot, too, to put everything together. Howard's just amazing at what he does."

Sandoval explained that he and his cohorts -- drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel and bassist Traa Daniels -- could be themselves in front of Benson because of their track record.

"I honestly think this is our best record to date," he said. "I'm excited."

But live shows are really where P.O.D. finds its home. And it's pure music when the band performs live.

"We're one of the last bands that actually just play," Sandoval said. "A lot of these bands now are all playing to tracks and to clicks and ProTools and it's a dying art to play live anymore and just play raw. Who cares if you make a mistake? That's punk rock. Just go out and go for it and make some noise."

Fans can get a sneak preview of the new material when P.O.D. hits the road for a series of festival and club dates, the latter of which includes co-headliner Red and openers Love and Death featuring Brian "Head" Welch and Icon for Hire. (See itinerary at right).

"I will be nice to play again and get dirty again," Sandoval said with a laugh. "You have the radio singles that people know. The hardcore fans know the old stuff to the new stuff. I think it's just fun for the band to get out and play before the album releases. It kind of makes it special for everybody really knows the stuff."

 tour dates and tickets

April 2012
28 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum (98 Rockfest)
29 - Jacksonville, FL -Metropolitan Park (Welcome to Rockville)
30 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen (Love and death and Icon for Hire)

May 2012
3 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Altar Bar (Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
4 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (FM 99 Lunatic Luau)
5 - Rockingham, NC - Rockingham Speedway (Carolina Rebellion)
6 - Baltimore, MD -Rams Head Live! (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
8 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
9 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
11 - Traverse City, MI - Ground Zero (with Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
12 - Libertyville, IL - Austin's Fuel Room (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
13 - Boone, IA - Central Iowa Expo (Lazerfest 2012)
16 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
17 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
19 - Columbus, OH - Crew Stadium (Rock on the Range)
20 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St. Louis (Pointfest)
22 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
23 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
24 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre (with Red, Love and Death and Icon for Hire)
25 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma (Rocklahoma)
27 - El Paso, TX - Wet n' Wild Waterworld (KLAQ Ballroom Festival)

August 2012
2 - Midland, TX - Festival Field (Rock the Desert Festival)

November 2012
27, 28, 29, 30 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - MSC Cruises - MSC Poesia (Shiprocked)

December 2012
1 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - MSC Cruises - MSC Poesia (Shiprocked)

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