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This article is about the Californian rock band. For other acronyms using the letters P.O.D. see the disambiguation page.

P.O.D. is a southern California-based rock band. The letters P.O.D. stand for Payable on Death. One interesting aspect that separates P.O.D. from these other bands is that their members are Christian, though they avoid the label of Christian rock band. Even though they prefer to not be called a Christian band, they still do play Christian music festivals each year, and have overtly religious/spiritual lyrics. The members of P.O.D. attribute much of their success to their faith in God.



P.O.D.'s music is closer to hardcore or rapmetal; and contains reggae influences.

While the exact date of formation remains unknown, Marcos Curiel, Traa Daniels and Wuv Bernardo had been going through jam sessions without a vocalist. After his mother's fatal illness, Sonny Sandoval shifted from atheism to Christianity; and after his mother's death, he joined P.O.D in 1992.

P.O.D. released two auto-produced albums between 1992 and 1999. "Snuff the Punk" (1992) and "Brown" (1996). Their main activity was focused on building a strong fan base first in the San Diego area and then in the rest of America. In 1999 they signed with Atlantic Records allowing them to gain mass-media coverage that auto-production wouldn't allow.

P.O.D.'s 1999 mainstream debut album, Fundamental Elements Of Southtown, spawned the hits "Southtown", "School Of Hard Knocks" and the TRL favorite "Rock The Party". All three videos enjoyed heavy play on MTV2, and the songs were rock radio hits.

In 2001, just days before the September 11, 2001 attacks, P.O.D. released the music video for their second album, Satellite. The album's first single, "Alive", already a rock radio hit, went on to become one of MTV and MTV2's most played videos of the year. The popular video, as well as the song's positive messages to be grateful for life, helped the song become a huge pop radio hit.

The album's second single, "Youth Of The Nation", which was inspired by the Santana High School shooting. The 2002 singles, "Boom" and "Satellite," were not hits on the level that the first two singles were.

In 2003, guitarist Marcos Curiel left the band due to his side projects and their spiritual differences. Curiel was replaced by Jason Truby (formerly of hardcore band Living Sacrifice).

In the same year they released their fifth album "Payable on Death", taken from the name of the group.

They are currently in studio, working on their sixth album, yet to be named.

Current Members

Former Members


Billboard Chart Positions, by song

  • "Rock The Party (Off The Hook)", Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #25
  • "Rock The Party (Off The Hook)", Modern rock tracks, peaked at #27
  • "School of Hard Knocks", Modern rock tracks, peaked at #38
  • "Southtown", Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #31
  • "Southtown", Modern rock tracks, peaked at #28
  • "Alive", Billboard mainstream rock charts, peaked at #4
  • "Alive", Billboard modern rock charts, peaked at #2
  • "Alive", Billboard Hot 100, peaked at #41
  • "Boom", Billboard mainstream rock charts, peaked at #21
  • "Boom", Billboard modern rock charts, peaked at #13
  • "Satellite", Mainstream Rock Tracks, peaked at #15
  • "Satellite", Modern Rock Tracks, peaked at #21
  • "Youth Of The Nation", Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #6
  • "Youth Of The Nation", Modern rock tracks, reached #1
  • "Youth Of The Nation", Hot 100, peaked at #28
  • "Youth Of The Nation", Top 40 mainstream, peaked at #18
  • "Youth Of The Nation", Top 40 tracks, peaked at #36
  • "Sleeping Awake", Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #20
  • "Sleeping Awake", Modern rock tracks, peaked at #14
  • "Change The World", Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #32
  • "Change The World", Modern rock tracks, peaked at #38
  • "Will You", Mainstream rock tracks, peaked at #12
  • "Will You", Modern rock tracks, peaked at #12

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