Drowning Pool Shelve 'Tear Away' Over Sensitivity Issues

Band hopes to release planned single at more appropriate time.

The new Jet Li movie "The One" prominently features the next Drowning Pool single, "Sinner," yet the track wasn't the band's first choice to follow up "Bodies."

Drowning Pool decided to release "Sinner" (see "Drowning Pool's Bodies Get Soaked For 'Sinner'") only after their label declared "Tear Away" to be too divisive for these sensitive times.

"This is the most united we've been [as a country] in a while as far as all our differences being put aside and being pretty much together to fight the evil horde across the sea," frontman Dave Williams said. "So putting out a song with a chorus that says 'I don't care about anybody else but me' just didn't seem like a good move."

Not that Drowning Pool have abandoned "Tear Away." A video for the tune was shot, and the group and its label are still convinced the track has legs. They just aren't ready for those legs to start kicking just yet.

"I think once things get put to bed, or we get to a comfortable state where the country's like, 'OK, we went over there and took care of business and we got justice' or those people just throw their hands up and say, 'OK, we give up. We're sorry,' then people will be ready for that song," Williams said.

While Williams admitted the message in "Tear Away" is clearly selfish, he explained it's not entirely negative.

"Everybody at one time or another in their life needs to say, 'Forget everybody else, I need to deal with me. I need to take care of myself,' " he said.

One reason Drowning Pool's label might have been reluctant to release "Tear Away" is because the band's "Bodies," which features the repeatedly shouted line "Let the bodies hit the floor," was temporarily shunned by radio programmers following the September 11 attacks (see "Radio Rethinks Playlists In Wake Of Attack"). Williams said he understands how that happened, but feels radio misunderstood the message of the song.

"Anybody who knows anything about us or that song knows that it's about being in the mosh pit," he said. "But if taking the song off radio for a week or two lets people heal, then that's fine with us, because we're Americans too. But 'Bodies' is back on now, and it's actually being requested more by military personnel than anything. It's #1 in Hawaii on the military base. They're using it as their battle cry."

Despite the caution regarding "Tear Away," Williams said Drowning Pool are in a better position and ready to rise to the challenges that await them.

"I think now people are starting to get past the hurt [caused by September 11] and are just really pissed off now," he said. "We're actually going to end up being a necessary tool [to cope with] this whole situation."

For a feature interview with Drowning Pool, check out "Drowning Pool: Off The Deep End."