Like their music, the video for P.O.D.’s “Will You” is filled with illustrations of discord and frustration. The message in each is to persevere in the face of adversity and — not surprisingly — do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The Christian rockers shot the clip last month in Los Angeles with director Marc Webb (3 Doors Down, AFI), and it revolves around the problems of four teenagers who have little in common. The vignettes are connected by sped-up footage and the band’s performance, which takes place in a vacant lot.
One scene involves a maverick punk-rock chick being ostracized by a popular girl. Later, a guy aggressively attempts to coerce the preppy girl into being intimate with him, after which the punk girl is there to lend comfort. Other stories include an interracial couple who get harassed at a party but turn the other cheek, and a youth who must support his abusive alcoholic mother.
P.O.D.’s third major-label album, Payable on Death, comes out November 4 (see “P.O.D. Go Back To Their Roots, Insist They’re Not Preachers” ). In an effort to entice fans not to illegally download the disc, the package will include a PlayStation 2 DVD music game called “Amplitude,” featuring the previously unreleased song “Space.” “Amplitude” will let gamers remix the track with sound effects, scratches and beats, and the DVD also features a 50-minute behind-the-scenes documentary as well as a feature on the artist who created the artwork for Payable on Death.
At the moment, P.O.D. are in San Diego rehearsing new and old material. On Halloween, four days before their new album drops, P.O.D. will play the Voodoo Music Experience festival in New Orleans, a three-day event that will also feature 50 Cent, Godsmack, Ludacris, Adema, Fuel, Marilyn Manson, Mos Def, Staind, a Perfect Circle, the Roots, the White Stripes, Smile Empty Soul and others.
P.O.D.’s Voodoo performance will mark the second time the band has played with new guitarist Jason Truby (see “P.O.D. Sound So Alive With New Guitarist, New Single” ). The band’s first show with Truby was August 30 at the Coors Light Mountain Jam at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver. P.O.D. will tour the rest of North America early next year.