On November 16th, 2018, Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group will release ‘Circles,’ P.O.D.’s debut for the label. In the last few years, P.O.D. have performed at the Download Festival, Hellfest, Rock on the Range, River City Rockfest, Carolina Rebellion, and Aftershock Festival, as well as shared stages with In This Moment, Prophets of Rage, Shinedown, and Five Finger Death Punch.
Ahead of this they are thrilled to reveal their brand new video for ‘Rockin’ With The Best’. Talking about the song frontman Sonny Sandoval says, “Rockin’ With The Best is direct, raw and in your face, unapologetic sound that has been pioneered by P.O.D. The only question is whether or not you know how to get down with it?”
On Circles, P.O.D. collaborated with an L.A.-based production duo called the Heavy, who ensured the album is contemporary-sounding without losing any of the band’s core sonic signifiers. The rap-driven “Rockin’ With The Best” has an old-school P.O.D. sound that nods to the Beastie Boys, while “Always Southern California” is a reggae-inflected rocker and the groove-heavy “Soundboy Killa” is a hip-hop/metal hybrid. The dynamic title track even boasts moody electronic flourishes, glassy piano, and laid-back rapping verses.
“On Circles, we didn’t limit ourselves and say, ‘Hey, we need to please the metal crowd, or the hardcore crowd, or the punk crowd,'” saysSandoval. “We just wanted to play and write songs that we hope are relevant and catchy to a new audience—while, at the same time, still being true to ourselves.”
The idea of searching for a bright side has been a constant theme for P.O.D. over the years, both on newer songs such as “Lost in Forever” and “Beautiful,” and on early hits “Alive,” “Youth of the Nation” and “Boom.” Through it all, the members of P.O.D.—Sandoval, lead guitarist Marcos Curiel, bassist Traa Daniels and drummer Wuv Bernardo—have leaned on one another for support and creative inspiration.
“We are touring and making music because it still means something to the people that are coming out to see us, and people that are still listening to our music,” Sandoval says. “We’re humbled, we’re grateful, and we’re thankful for people that still enjoy what we’re doing.”