With their fourth Atlantic Records release, San Diego multi-platinum hard rockers P.O.D. are ready to Testify. Testify to the power of rock; to the sway of perseverance and sweat; to the valor of hard work; to the might of unity; and to the importance of remaining true to your convictions.
"To us, that word speaks for itself. It's powerful," Sonny says of the one-word album title. "In our 14 years together, that's what we've been doing. We've been testifying to the things that we believe in and that we've come to know."
"After all these years, the things that we believe in haven't changed," explains Sonny, deliberately choosing his words and delivering each one with conviction. "If anything, from the struggles in the early years to the success that we've experienced and things gone through the past few years, it's just reinforced what we've believed in all along. What we've been saying from the beginning and the faith that we have stands on its own, with or without music. But, music is our voice. On this record we never let go of that because it's the cornerstone of who we are as people. It just comes down to the love we have in our hearts to make music."
And with Testify, the band showcases some of their strongest songs to date, thanks in part to veteran hit maker Glen Ballard. After several months of writing and recording on their own, the band had laid the groundwork for the new album. Impressive as the new material was, they knew they could take it to another level and invited Ballard to produce the album with them.
Since forming in San Diego in 1992, P.O.D. has never stopped testifying to the values that are at the core of the group. Touring the country and connecting with fans firsthand, the band built a sizable following on their own. Known affectionately as the Warriors, this fanbase has remained fiercely loyal and continues to grow. With the 1999 release of the band's major label debut, The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown, P.O.D. got their first taste of national exposure and platinum success. The groundbreaking 2001 release, Satellite, went triple-platinum, spawned such hit singles as "Alive," "Youth Of The Nation," and "Boom," and propelled the foursome to the elite of a new wave of hard rock acts.
"We've been in this game for a long time," reminds Sonny. "And what we've learned in our experiences, not just professionally, but even in own walks of life, we want to put that in our music and pass that down to people who are listening. We knew very well that the word testify has its spiritual meaning. But, these are the things that we believe in. These are things that we've laid our lives down for and would die for. If you believe in something, then say it…and, even more importantly, do it."
Performed by P.O.D.
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Video Game Licensing
©2006 Atlantic Recording Corp.
© 2006 Ripped Off Publishing (ASCAP) and Jason Truby Publishing (ASCAP)