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Adema Bassist Talks About Departure Of Marky Chavez, Signing With Earache

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?

Dave DeRoo: "That's a good question actually. What's funny is Kris Kohls, our drummer, he actually talked to me about … he mentioned Luke to me months ago. Kris had heard a demo of Luke's old band actually and we're like tripping, we're like, 'Man, this guys got a killer voice.' It was kind of odd to hear a dude from our town that was so good. And obviously he wasn't from Bakersfield, he'd been spending some time in San Diego. He's from Alabama originally. He'd spent some time in the Marines and stuff. And then moving up here just to play with his band. Kris gave him a call and was interested in having him come down to audition and his phone had been turned off so Kris got his voice mail and left a message. It was kind of funny because six weeks go by and we don't hear from the guy. We just assume he's a flake or he's just not into the band. He's happy with what he's doing now. We didn't hear from him, so we auditioned about 30-40 other singers and none of them were really gelling, we didn't find any sparks. Nothing really grabbed us. Then, it was kind of funny, Luke called back and said, 'Sorry man, my phone was shut off.' He came down and auditioned and as soon as we heard the guy's voice, it was kind of like, I think we all knew he was gonna be the guy. It was kind of funny because we weren't looking for Mark Chavez the sequel (laughs) or someone who sounded like Marky necessarily. We didn't really know what we were looking for. We just knew that we wanted some change. We wanted something different. A guy with the right attitude and someone who wanted to tour and have fun and someone who wanted to be the frontman for this band and we found that in Luke."

Digital-Noise.net: How did you guys end up with Earache Records?

Dave DeRoo: "We were contacted by Al Dawson [Earache U.S. label manager] around this time last year. He flew out and saw us play a show and met with us. We hit it off right off the bat. I usually hate labels, but Earache was a testament to their integrity. I think they know what we're capable of and they're totally cool and accessible. It's a welcome change from being small fish in a big pond. The way the industry is now, this is the way to go."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. PerfektDrug5437 writes:

Hmmm...i wonder if Luke is actually good...i should try downloadin a song or something. I didnt even know Marky left until, i went on their site, and didnt see him in the pictures. Adema was a good band hopefully, Luke is gunna bring um down.

# Apr 24, 2005 @ 6:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Negatyve_One writes:

They blow now. Theyve been on HBB the last two weeks and they sound like a mix between Good Charlotte and Papa Roach. Downgrade.

Ademas self titled cd was the first rock/nu-metal cd I ever owned too :(.

# Apr 24, 2005 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. PorcupineOpeth99 writes:

that original singer had a decent voice but some his lyrics were TERRIBLE ("unstable" "the way you like it"................'don't player hate, congratulate'....whew, 4 years later im still laughing)

On the other hand the lyrics to "giving in"carried some legitimate weight. the lead guitarist had/has some chops too....if they sound worse then there is no reason for me to give em another shot with the new singer....good guys though, they have my respect just for touring in the middle east.

# Apr 24, 2005 @ 8:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. a writes:

wtf adema sucks

# Apr 24, 2005 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. johnisgod writes:

no not at all, ademas debut c-d kicked a$$ up and down the road, i agree about the whole player hate thing.that wasn't very metal. as a matter of fact that was the only song i didn't really like. the rest of the disc was f***en amazing. i hope the new lead vocals can hold up to marks past and/or present talents.

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 12:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. PorcupineOpeth99 writes:

neh, it didnt kick a$$ in my opinion, but there was some substance to it....felt like an honest record but sometimes the lyrics were just too plain ol weak...and the songs too simple....no instrumental trickery no time-changes VERY radio friendly.....

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 1:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. me writes:

the 1st adema record was their best and i dont think they will do better then the self title album without marky.that luke guy fukking sucks he sounds like the guy from perfect circle wich i hate apc their boring the best thing this year i think mudvayne's new cd not soad. mudvayne rocks

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 7:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Negatyve_One writes:

Opeth bro I got the cd on my rig if u want a copy of it. I just got Damnation a few days ago :).

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 8:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. johnisgod writes:

jesus tap dancing christ. are you f***ing serious.APC.
manard is the sh**. tool and apc are amazing. trent reznor is f***en god and manard is right up there with him so that says alot.

# Apr 27, 2005 @ 3:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. AaRoN writes:

Adema f***in blows now. At least with Marky behind the mic they rocked somewhat. Now with this new singer, they sound like some p***y pop punk sh**. f*** Adema
Marky can do better without them. Hopefully he'll start another band

# May 2, 2005 @ 12:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. johnisgod writes:

you do know the words you here from adema with marky are his words? and thanks for letting me know they suck w/o him!

# May 2, 2005 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Nu metal kid writes:

ADEMA rocked when Marky was there now they just suck now.they have a sound kind of a perfect circle a mean not the music but the new singer luke. luke killed adema

# May 4, 2005 @ 8:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Leanne writes:

I used to like Adema very much with Mark,but now...I guess they lost the certain power inside with him..the music is much more pop-like now....baaah..its a pity,I just hope to hear Mark in some other band.

# May 9, 2005 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. adema sux writes:

new singer is a joke! adema sux and i hope that marky makes his own band and outperforms the fa**ots adema

# May 9, 2005 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. brokenwings13 writes:

Luke Caraciolli doesn't sound like Maynard. Period.

Yeah, they had one really well writenn song "Giving In" and the rest was crap. I hate to see that happen to bands.

# May 9, 2005 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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