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Adema

From: Bakersfield, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Adema not only lived up to the deafening advance buzz surrounding their 2001 self-titled debut, they surpassed every expectation. The first single, the Top 15 Modern Rock track "Giving In," was followed by the radio hit "The Way You Like It," helping to quickly push Adema to an impressive near Platinum sales status. The quintet's instantaneous fan base was cemented by an almost unheard-of coup - landing on the main stage of the 2001-2 Ozzfest on their first CD. More top-grossing tours kept Adema on the road for well over a year: the Music as a Weapon tour (with Drowning Pool and Disturbed), the SnoCore Rock Tour and Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour earned Adema fanatical fans. Not a bad start for a bunch of hyper and hungry young musicians from Bakersfield. In fact, a review in London's prestigious NME raved: "Adema's visceral, artfully succinct rock punch comes brilliantly wrapped in killer whistleable tunes." "Moody, hard and melodic," judged Rolling Stone, "a creative palette of soaring solos, singing lines and textures." The rabid fans - the only "reviewers" who truly count to Adema - have proclaimed the quintet nothing short of awesome.

The full-length follow-up to Adema's self-titled Arista debut, "Unstable," was recorded at Los Angeles' Bay 7 studios in early 2003 with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., Hoobastank). "Unstable" is full of singer Marky Chavez' personal, often pained lyrics and the band's aggro rock intensity. "We'd all become better players from all our touring," bassist Dave DeRoo explains, "and we wanted to use that in the writing." Songs run the gamut from the suitably edgy "Unstable" to the full-on onslaught of the mosh-worthy "Needles" to the beautiful and timeless "Promises." "Unstable," the CD's first single, "is like the musical bridge between the last album and this one," explains Chavez. In "Unstable," the singer bares his soul with chilling vocals complementing the gut-wrenching words: "You bring me down like a bottle of pills / I hate the way that you make me feel / I keep coming back, I never get killed." While Chavez is unafraid to dig deep for both his soulful vocals and highly personal subject matter, some lyrics reflect the feelings and lives of others, including his bandmates. "As the mouthpiece, I try to write what the band feels and get feedback," Chavez explains.

Providing musical balance on "Unstable" are some unexpectedly poignant tunes. There is the beautiful, lilting melodicism of "So Fortunate," with its touches of strings (written about Chavez' infant son) to "Let Go," a song where Chavez flipped his perceptions. "I stopped thinking about what people weren't good at and looked at them as them, appreciating them as a person, and letting go of my bullshit and things that made me mad."

Adema's potent live show helped earn them millions of rabid rock fans. In fact, the seven-song remix and cover EP "Insomniac's Dream" EP, released in October 2002, was a "gift to fans" to keep Adema-maniacs happy. In addition to "Immortal" (recorded for the Mortal KombatĀ®: Deadly AllianceTM video game), the 7-song EP included two other previously unreleased tracks: "Shattered" and a mesmerizing cover of Alice In Chains' "Nutshell." Alternate versions of four songs from the debut album included the Chris Vrenna [Nine Inch Nails] remix of "Freaking Out"; the Sam Seaver [Beastie Boys] remix of "The Way You Like It"; a live version of "Do What You Want To Do," and the radio single version of "Giving In."

While Adema are clearly a mix of influences, unafraid to experiment, at the band's core, there's an inherent, instinctual combination of pure joy and fury: "We go on stage and rock!" states hard-hitting drummer Kris Kohls of Adema's live M.O. "We don't go onstage and nu metal,'" he laughs. "We're sick of that phrase. ROCK - it's such a broad word that it doesn't categorize you. From STP to Metallica to Weezer to the Cure, rock encompasses it all." "Unstable," like Adema's power-packed and emotional live gigs, does ROCK, even the CD's mellower tunes possess a visceral force and passion. "There are essentially no drum loops or keyboards on our new record," explains guitarist Tim Fluckey, adding, "Hey, live, we're not 'sequencers'; we're a balls-out rock band!" And new songs like the metallic monster of a tune that is "Needles" proves the guitar guru right. Adema's other guitarist, Ransom, couldn't be happier with how "Unstable" turned out. "Unstable makes me like our first record even better. It's like how every new U2 album makes me listen to their other stuff all over again."

Chavez kicked ass working on "Unstable," and is also justifiably proud of the CD. "I took a lot of initiative; three times a week I was in vocal training, because I believe that as a singer, you always need to top yourself." While his youth and street-wise vibe come across on stage, Chavez also notes that he wouldn't mind if Adema were like Led Zeppelin. "Not musically," he quickly clarifies. "But their elasticity of musical styles and the meaning behind the lyrics. U2 and Bono have really influenced me lately; I admire his vocal range. And also, Nirvana. I can't tell you how much I listened to the beautiful simplicity of Kurt's writing and was inspired," Chavez says. "This record, inside and out, is us," Chavez affirms. "We're not afraid to experiment, take the next step, but we're not capitalizing on any sound du jour," he states. "Everything about this band is personal. And the fans appreciate that we're not smoke and mirrors," he concludes. "When I look back on my life I need to know I was honest with music and myself and the band."

Latest Adema News

Below is our complete Adema news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Days of Reckoning Fest Schedule Finalized

The schedule for the Days of Reckoning Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey has been finalized. This is the festival that Adema is making the one-off appearance at. It is this Saturday and Sunday at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ.

Saturday -
1:20-1:45 - Portraits of Murder
2:00-2:25 - Severance
2:40-3:05 - Death By Names
3:20-3:45 - Green Evening Requiem
4:00-4:25 - Distorted Mind
4:40-5:20 - Beyond the Flesh
5:35-5:55 - Divinity Destroyed
6:20-7:05 - Adema

Sunday -
1:30-2:05 - Last Breath Taken
2:20-2:55 - Utopia Banished
3:10-3:45 - Sinter
4:00-4:35 - Semper Tyrannis
4:50-5:25 - With Immortality
5:40-6:15 - Black Harvest
6:30-7:15 - SoniMinoS

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Adema Joins Days of Reckoning Festival Line-up

Adema has been confirmed to do a one-off show as part of the Days of Reckoning Festival. The Days of Reckoning festival is a two day festival, which takes place at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. Each day will start at 1PM and tickets are $12 per day.

Check out their myspace page for more information.

The other bands playing are:

Beyond the Flesh
Black Harvest
Death By Names
Distorted Mind
Divinity Destroyed
Green Evening Requiem
Last Breath Taken
Portraits of Murder
Semper Tyrannis
Severance
Sinter
SoniMinoS
Utopia Banished
With Immortality

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Adema Bassist Talks About Departure Of Chavez

ADEMA bassist Dave DeRoo recently spoke to Digital-Noise.net about the departure of singer Marky Chavez and the group's recently released CD, "Planets". A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Digital-Noise.net: Tell me a little bit about what happened with Marky. It kind of seemed like his leaving the band was abrupt to outsiders. What happened with that whole situation?

Dave DeRoo: "It was a little abrupt, but actually in reality, it'd probably been a long time coming. The band had gradually drifted apart from Marky. Right after we finished the 'Unstable' record, there were some things that took place that kind of took place that kind of soured our relationship with Marky. He's got some personal problems that he's had for a long time, which I really don't want to go into because it wouldn't be fair to him. He just has some problems. We toured for all of 2003 behind 'Unstable'. We had a good time, and had some cool tours. Actually Mikey [Ransom, guitar] and Mark weren't talking the majority of that year. They really weren't getting a long at all. And so Mike quit the band subsequently at the end of 2003, around September. We toured for another couple of months as a four piece. We got home in December and found out actually about two weeks before we came out we found out we were being dropped from Arista. That was a week after L.A. Reid had left. He's who signed us to the label. About half the people at Arista got fired or moved on to other record labels. It was kind of a shitty way to end a shitty year (laughs). Everyone kind of dealt with that differently. We came home in December 2003 for the holidays. Took about a month off and around February we got together and started writing new songs and we probably had 12 songs written musically. And Marky only had maybe three songs. He only had lyrics to three songs and we weren't really happy with that or with his lyrics. He expressed that he wasn't really interested in touring with the band anymore. We had a couple opportunities to tour and make some money and things that were coming up. And basically when things got tough he basically quit. We kind of just viewed that as we can do one of two things, we can just wrap this whole thing up or we can start a whole new thing and have a fresh start. There's just so many fans who have been supportive of this band over the years that to me, we would be pretty un-rock-and-roll and we'd be pretty big pussies if we just curled up and died because two guys didn't want to do it anymore. I think our fans deserve better than that. The three of us wanted to go out and play. We love the road and we love our fans. We wanted to keep this thing going. As soon as we met Luke [Caraciolli], it's like we're having fun playing music again. It's like finding a missing puzzle piece. It's cool. It's a good time. It feels like we did when we had the first ADEMA record. Before we hit the road with that record. We were excited to play live and excited to spend some time with our fans."

Digital-Noise.net: Where did you guys find Luke and what drew you to him as a vocalist to this band? More...

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Watch Adema's 'Tornado' Video Online

Adema are out with the video to their new single 'Tornado', from their recently released 'Planets' album. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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Adema Update From The Middle East

Adema has sent an update from teh Middle East, where they are currently playing:

"Hey everybody, hello again from th middle east...today we got to play at Camp Arifjan right outside of Kuwait City....the facility here is very modern and alot different from most camps over here...the troops have a pool, Subway, Baskin Robbins, Nathan's Hot Dog and a store that looks like a Wal-Mart...it doesn't mean that it's any easier...at the camp they take care of tons of stuff but mostly all the trucking of supplies...We were lucky enough to meet Col. Brick T. Miller commander of all the forces in Kuwait...Col. Miller presented to us an award for coming over here and let us know how much they appreciated us coming over here...it got up to 120 degrees today, thats like being a roast in a crockpot...we were also in our first sandstorm, if you want to know what that is like take a blowdryer point it toward you face and throw some sand in there...good times...the show was great and the soldiers rocked it....it is so cool to try out our new music on these guys and girls and everybody is having a great time...tomorrow we go to Iraq and we will let you know how it is..."

thanks again
fluk"

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Watch Adema's 'Tornado' Video Online

Adema's video for their first single, 'Tornado' can be viewed online on Earache's site.

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Adema To Shoot Video For 'Tornado'

Adema has checked in with this update about their latest video shoot and activities:

"With the release of their first single Tornado for Earache, imminent, Adema are leaving sunny California and heading over to Italy to shoot their video. The track Tornado is based around a relationship, that ex-Marine Luke Caracciol, Ademas new vocalist, found himself in and the effects of finding someone you love cheating on you with someone you know during a very stressful time in your life. The video will be filmed by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Doppieri and is set in an an underground cave (under the town square) near Ancona in Italy. We have been told that this cave was actually created during the Roman era and then again used during Medieval times as a defense against barbaric invasions! Kris Kohls, Ademas drummer said 'We are super excited about the fact that we are shooting are new video Tornado in Italy this weekend. We leave LA tomorrow and head to Ancona in Italy to film the video inside a huge underground cave. The director, Paolo Doppieri, has a great artistic vision for the video, and the song is a rocker! The video is gonna be awesome - Italy here we come!'"

'Tornado' is due for release in the UK on 21st March.

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Adema To Tour The Middle East

Adema have confirmed that they'll be touring the Middle East in April. They'll play shows in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Adema Posts "Barricades In Time" Online

Adema has posted a brand new song online. The song, titled "Barricades In Time", is the first with new vocalist Luke Caraciolli. It can be heard by clicking here. The song comes from the band's upcoming new album, "Planets", their first album for Earache Records. It is due for a release on April 5th.

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Adema To Release New Single With New Singer

Adema, who now include vocalist Luke Caraciolli, are to release new single 'Tornado' through Earache on March 21. Available in in seven inch and CD formats, the latter also featurs a cover of Metallica's 'The Thing That Should Not Be'. 'Tornado' comes from the new album 'Planets'.

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Adema Announce New Vocalist

Adema have finally replaced recently departed singer Mark Chavez. The new man is Luke Caraciolli. He'll make his debut with the band on new album 'Planets', due out on Earache during April.

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Adema Signs To Earache

The official press release regarding ADEMA signing to Earache Records has been put up on the labels official site - It reads as follows:

"Hailing from Bakersfield, California, Adema exploded onto the Modern Rock scene in 2001 with the release of their self-titled debut on Arista Records. The first two singles, "Giving In" and "The Way You Like It", were Modern Rock radio hits that pushed Adema to near-platinum sales status. The Bakersfield quintet's instantaneous fan base was cemented by an almost unheard-of coup - landing on the main stage of the 2001-2 Ozzfest merely on the strength of their first cd. Adema stayed on the road for more than a year, touring with the likes of Linkin Park, Drowning Pool, and Disturbed. A review of Adema's debut in London's prestigious NME raved: "Adema's visceral, artfully succinct rock punch comes brilliantly wrapped in killer whistleable tunes." Rolling Stone wrote: "Moody, hard and melodic, a creative palette of soaring solos, singing lines and textures."
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