Bands talk about loss and struggle all the time, but how many have lost their front man (and best friend) and still managed to carry on?
Drummer Mike speaks about tequila, southern fried metal and hard work…
By Cameron Chambers
Can you please state your name,
what you do in Drowning Pool and your drink of choice.
I’m Mike “Nacho” Luce.
I play drums/sing back-ups, and my favorite drink is cold tequila!
Drowning Pool is a band that hasn’t
really received much press here in Australia, apart from the band’s
performances here as part of the Big Day Out. What’s been keeping
you guys busy over the last five or so years?
Well, the band has had plenty
that has happened in the years since we have been down under…We lost
Davey in August of ’02. I could go into All the things that
have happened to DP since then but that might require the time it would
take to write a novel! I’m not sure you have that kind of time on
your hands… With that I’ll just say… between being with our 3rd
singer in as few as 3 records/changing record labels/changing management
(and all that comes with both of those glorious processes) all the meanwhile
being sued by people who have no conscious… we’ve had plenty to
keep us busy… We have been actively involved with The USO, MWR and
IAVA here in the states and abroad for the entertaining of men
and woman in uniform… These have been some of the most rewarding things
anyone in this band has done!! Be it band, personal or otherwise!!!
That’s been good stuff…
As a lot of our readers would
be aware, your original vocalist Dave passed away in 2002, what kept
you motivated to keep pushing forward with the band?
After losing Davey, the
last thing that CJ, Stevie, and I wanted to do was go separate
ways. To lose your brother like that was devastating. We just banded
together and figured it was us against the world at that time…
Are you of the opinion that if
your band can survive something like that then you guys can handle anything?
You could say that… to a degree
we do feel that we’ve been thru just about anything that can and will
With the way musical trends come
and go do you think Drowning Pool has something fresh to offer music
fans in 2008?
I would say just by default we stay fresh!! Ha,ha I mean
we haven’t had a record sound compteley the same yet…ok that was
a lil harsh but its true
Your most recent full length “Full
Circle” is your first studio album to feature Ryan McCombs on vocals.
Obviously Ryan has been singing with the band for a while now but how
was it working with him in a studio environment?
Ryan brought back that
brotherly vibe that we were missing since Dave passed. It was real difficult
working with Jason in the studio. Jason has an amazing voice but not
the greatest work ethic in the world…Ryan was a workhorse in the fact
that no matter how many different ideas we threw at him, he went for
The most successful record Drowning
Pool has released was back in 2001 (Sinner). Do you think the band will
ever attain that kind of success again?
The thing with that record was
timing, and with that comes relativity…that record was released by
four lucky guys in the right place at the right time! I consider
us successful just in the fact that we are still here after everything
that has happened! When we record the 2nd record with Ryan!?
THAT’S WHEN I WILL CONSIDER US SUCCESFUL! 2 records man. That’s
it! I want 2 records with the same line-up…Now as far as monetary
success goes, with the current trends in music and advances in
music mediums…Dpool, and a lot of other successful acts won’t experience
another TIME like that…relatively speaking of course.
Do you guys still play any of
the songs off “Sinner” and if so, how does Ryan feel about singing
Dave’s vocal parts?
We do play some of the songs! Davey was a fan
of Ryan’s long before they met and vice versa… As Ryan has said
in the past…”in DP’s perfect world, Davey would have never passed
and Ryan would be doing whatever…” Well, we all know that wasn’t
up to us. Once Davey’s parents said to Ryan…”If its going to be
someone, don’t you think Dave would want it to be you?” …after
that we were all good to go…
June sees Drowning Pool returning
to Australia for the first time since 2001. What are your memories of
your last trip down under?
I remember wanting to pack everything
and move there!!! WE all loved it! I’m so glad that we get the opportunity
to return…thank you. Memories with Davey are cherished and the times
together in Australia were some of the best times we all had together…
What can punters expect from a
Drowning Pool live show these days?
Punters? Not sure I get your meaning>
You mean like “one-timers”? Well, if indeed that is what you mean…I’d
say you are gonna see and hear a band that’s a cross between Motley
Crue and Pantera. In that I mean, musically we sound closer to Motley(?)
but we probably carry ourselves like fello Texans Pantera did?! Loud,
dirty, southern fried and booze soaked…(I’d like to hope so anyway)
What were your top 3 heavy records
Stone Sour, Hell Yeah and Miley Sirus…(kidding)
Who do you rate more, The Veronicas
or the Olsen Twins?
Who are the Veronicas? Sorry
if that offends but I’m not privy…
What’s one record that you would
have loved to have played on?
Wow, one record huh? That itself
is too hard to answer…Maybe Appetite for Destruction/G’NR?!
Any final words?
I would just like to say thank
you on behalf of the band for you guys giving us a 3rd chance
to keep playing music. It really is a blessing that you have and continue
to support this band after all the changes, both to the band and the
music world. TRUELY, THANK YOU!!! See ya in a month!!!