By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
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By Scott Reitz
Recently, we spoke with drummer Vinnie Paul about his new band and his New Found Power.
This album is intense. Do you ever wake up and go, "Dude, I'm hungover. I don't want to do this"?
There's an old saying we came up with: A hangover is inspiration.
My first-grade teacher used to say that. So where did the band's name come from?
Originally, the working title was New Found Power. When Dime[bag Darrell] and I first sat down to start a band, we said this'll be a lot harder than we think, and we'll have to reach down inside and find a newfound power. But the name had to be more powerful than that. The only thing that came to my mind was that when they built the atomic bomb, they had one thing in mind, and that was a fucking damage plan.
So where did the new singer, Pat Lachman, come from?
Patrick was in [Judas Priest lead singer] Rob Halford's band. He gave me a demo, and it gave me goosebumps. I called Dimebag and said, "Whatever you're fucking doing, put the CD in and call me back." He called me back five minutes later and said, "Wow."
I always wonder: Doesn't Pat hurt his voice with all that screaming?
Man, I hear him practicing every night. Your voice is like any muscle in your body. You just have to build it up and teach it what you want it to do.
So when you guys write a song, how does it begin?
Anywhere, and that's the most beautiful thing. It could be a drum groove or guitar riffs or lyrical ideas. Pat basically wrote all the lyrics himself, about personal experiences or things we went through. Or they were inspired by working titles. A song like "Cold Blooded," it just had a cold-blooded vibe.
I'm noticing that Dallas is a hard-rock city. Why is that?
They've got a strong radio station in KEGL. And The Clubhouse is right up the street, so all the bands that tour through can go there.
Oh, right. You and Dimebag Darrell own The Clubhouse, an all-nude strip club, don't you?
Yeah. The finest in adult entertainment in the Southwest, and everybody from Kid Rock to Metallica to Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath has been there. It's got an aura about it--you never know who you're gonna run into. It might be the Dallas Stars, the Dallas Cowboys. We even had Jack Wagner in there.
From General Hospital? Are you kidding? Can I go?
Oh, sure. March 10, we're doing a record release there.
So would you say New Found Power is the perfect Valentine's Day present, like, ever?
Absolutely. For me, at least.