P.O.D. On The Prowl For Bad Girls

Rap-rockers looking to sign all-female act to their new record label.

NUREMBERG, Germany — Calling all girls who really rock: P.O.D. want you.

The San Diego rap-rockers are on the hunt for some nü-metal maidens to sign to their soon-to-launch record label.

"You know what I'm looking for? I want a heavy girl band that can rock out like dudes," bassist Traa said, lounging in P.O.D.'s tour bus shortly before the Rock Im Park festival (see "Ozzy's Ratings Low In Germany As P.O.D., Lenny Kravitz Thrill Festival"). "I mean girls who can really rock out. I'm not saying the girls out now can't, but we're looking for girls that are bad."

In the meantime, until the guys find the right women, they'll kickstart the still-unnamed imprint with the Swedish band Blindside. P.O.D. took Blindside out on their "Youth of the Nation" tour last fall, while singer Christian Lindskog made guest appearances on Satellite's "Anything Right" and in the video for "Boom."

"We got a demo from them back in '95 or '96 and were like, 'Wow,' " Traa said. "Europeans have a whole different way of writing music. We've been trying to work something out with those guys for a long time, and now we finally got to a position where we can bring them up."

Blindside's album will be released jointly with Elektra Records later this year. But first P.O.D. will have to settle on a name for their imprint, which has proven more difficult than they expected. The quartet had planned to call it Soulcraft Records but found out the name was already taken.

Their new jobs as record moguls won't sidetrack P.O.D. from continuing to work Satellite, which has been certified double platinum. After "Boom" quiets down on radio, the band plans to release the album's title track as its fourth single, and if all goes well the acoustic "Thinking About Forever" may follow.

P.O.D., who returned to the States last weekend for a series of festival shows, will keep a busy tour schedule for the rest of the year, turning up on the U.S. edition of Ozzfest in July and making another run through Europe in the fall. They plan to mount a North American headlining tour in November and December. Though nothing has been finalized as far as the lineup, P.O.D.'s wish list for tour mates includes Papa Roach, System of a Down and Adema, Traa said.

Fans should also be on the lookout for a P.O.D. DVD that'll include their music videos, interviews and footage dating back to their first show. The project, which was pushed back from its original target release so more material could be added, does not yet have a firm drop date.

"You're going to see us skinny, fresh out of high school, no tattoos," Traa said. "When I look at it now, it's hilarious the way everyone looked back then. You get to see us touring in beat-up cars, breaking down on the side of the road, ... playing these really, really ghetto shows — old abandoned houses, keg parties and backyards."