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Drowning Pool

November 10 @ 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM CST

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Drowning Pool

If it seems like the guys in Drowning Pool have a chip on their shoulders, they’re entitled. Actually, we’re all a little entitled lately, which Is what makes Strike A Nerve the most rewarding album of a career spanning 20-plus years, seven studio releases, a platinum album, two gold records, and one of the most recognized rock anthems of the new millennium. Drowning Pool has long been hailed as champions of blue-collar hard rock and metal, not just because of their consistently incendiary live shows and vastly underrated catalog, but because of the trials and tribulations that have marked their career. They aren’t unique in that regard. What they are is resilient, their everyman, working-class ethos and stubborn perseverance creating a bond few bands ever realize.
Nearly a quarter-century after starting together as a trio, founding guitarist CJ Pierce, drummer Mike Luce, and bassist Stevie Benton remain together. They haven’t separated, so they can’t play the reunion card. And at the helm of the band for the past decade, Jasen Moreno is not only Drowning Pool’s longest-tenured frontman, but he’s also the band’s first singer to record three studio albums. As anyone that has seen the band in recent years can attest, there is magic when the four guys share a stage.
While that magic resonates throughout Strike A Nerve, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the past decade has been easy. The new album was inspired by wearing life’s battle scars on our sleeves, and those bumps and bruises got magnified during the worldwide Covid lockdowns. Lockdowns started mere months after Drowning Pool completed recording, mixing, and mastering Strike A Nerve, an 11-song tour-de-force through the torn and battered psyche of a band. But who among us can’t relate to carrying some emotional baggage?
Written and recorded before the pandemic that halted the world in its tracks for more than two years, Strikes A Nerve became more poignant with its time on the shelf. Life is funny like that. We live in a world that’s been hammered with no relent. Disease. War. Racial tension. Skyrocketing fuel prices. Inflation. The insanity of celebrity. The hypocrisy of politics. If you think we’ve lost the plot, you’re not alone. Consider this 42- minute powder keg from our favorite sinners from Dallas, TX, a form of group therapy.
“Is this really all we have, perversions of our truth,” sings Moreno on “Hate Against Hate,” a song born of inner rage that has evolved into a universal truth we are all living.
On one level, “Bodies” made Drowning Pool a household name upon the release of their Sinner debut in 2001. But as the album approaches double-platinum status, it was the years that followed that forged the band we hear today. Moreno, Pierce, Benton, and Luce have been hardened – sometimes in a good way, and sometimes in a bad way. Just like life hardens all of us. Which is what makes Strike A Nerve so damn special. It’s an album more than twenty years in the making, and it’s an album that will, to be on point, strike a nerve…


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November 10
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM CST
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The Rave/Eagles Club
2401 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233 United States
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