Adelitas Way Vocalist Rick DeJesus Talks Grand Vision for New Album + Touring
Adelitas Way are inching closer to a new album, with the single ‘Dog on a Leash’ recently hitting the airwaves. While an album title and release date have yet to be revealed, the group is close enough to the finish line that frontman Rick DeJesus can now share some details on the upcoming disc.
The vocalist dropped by ‘Loudwire Nights’ and spoke with host Full Metal Jackie about the band’s grand vision for their new album, their recording approach with Nick Raskulinecz and their touring plans as the new disc nears. Check out Full Metal Jackie’s interview with Adelitas Way frontman Rick DeJesus below:
Loudwire Nights, Full Metal Jackie. On the show with us this evening Adelitas Way singer Rick De Jesus. How are you my friend?
I am amazing, thank you
You are amazing [laughs]. Talking about the upcoming Adelitas Way album. We don’t have a lot of information other than the fact there’s a new song called ‘Dog on a Leash.’ It’s got a photo of a really scary dog face, I gotta tell you it makes me a little afraid looking at it.
You know, let’s talk about the album a little then. I think for this record we came in with a mindset that we were ready to be an elite band. We were really … I don’t want to say we had a chip on our shoulder, but we really were driven because we’re moving towards something that I think can be special and can do something great so we worked for one and a half years on a record just making sure every step of the way that it was the best thing we’ve ever done and something that could be, you know.. Our mindset coming into this was very grand. It was like, we want to make the record for ourselves, for rock and roll, for the fans, and we want to make a record that is an album, 13 tracks that people talk about for 10 years from now.
I didn’t want to approach it like there’s iTunes or Youtube or Spotify. I didn’t want to approach the record like that. We approached it like it was the ’90s or ’80s. We’re in a studio on a board with amps and guitars and making a full album for people to get lost inside of and you know we really took our time crafting this album with the mentality that we were going to come and really do something for rock and roll as a whole. I want this to be compared to Metallica‘s Black Album. I want this to be our album like that, like people are still talking about, “Man, that record they put out I remember all 2014, 15, 16 from that record.”
Rick, it doesn’t sound like you have an album title yet?
It’s a work in progress. I’ll talk about a couple of songs off the record that I really love and that I really feel strongly about as for setting the tone for the record and just really connecting with the fans and any of these could end up being that, you know what I mean? But there’s a couple songs that we recorded, a song called ‘Stuck’ that I absolutely think when people hear the song, it’s going to really connect with them and I think it has the energy and the vibe and an overall just feel to change the tone of someone’s day. To really have them get lost.
You know there’s a song called, “Save the World,’ off the record that I love. A song called ‘Drive.’ These songs all kind of have different feels, but I feel like the record is very well glued together as an experience with 13 songs of just kinda getting lost. I want people to put their headphones on and spend an hour with Adelitas Way.
Creatively, can you tell us what the very first idea was? The starting point that sparked the attitude and mindset that carried you through writing and recording this album?
The first two ideas of this record were ‘Dog on a Leash’ and ‘Stuck.’ That was the tone, I think got set for the kind of album we wanted to make. We wanted to really capture what our live shows bring. We have a very electric live show and we wanted to capture some of that vibe and put it in the album so we recorded everything as real as possible from a very live standpoint we wanted to get that view and that energy in that album and we didn’t want to over produce it. We wanted to play the instruments, hear the tones, and the vocals and that was our approach for the record and I really think that as far as writing the material I truly believe that I’m meant to do this.
I’ve had a path and I followed it and the messages that I send on the record are the ones that I think are electrically sent to me. Like sometimes I step up to the mic and the first line that’ll come out of my mouth and the second or third line will be the ones that stay on the record forever. So, you know, the messages kind of get sent through and I feel like I think I have a connection with the fans that I feel we relate to on a level. When I write songs, I take songwriting very seriously as a moment to relate to all the people out there who need an escape and need to connect with me and need to help each other out through therapy. It’s almost like a way of me being someone they talk to without actually being there and we can both connect on the same level of what we’re going through.
Rick, if the goal of an album is creating an emotional ride for the audience, what are the emotional pitfalls for the musicians who actually create it and took the ride first?
It was so many ups and downs to making this album. This wasn’t an easy album to make. there was no pressure, but there was pressure on myself to myself. I wanted to be vocally at the best point I ever was. I wanted to make something so fresh. I came into this and here’s how grand my vision was, I came into this with the mentality, what we were doing was powerful enough to come out and take out an entire genre of just Dance, Pop, Alternative, Clappy, Wholly bands, you know what I mean? I know that sounds insane but I grew up on rock and roll. I came from the mindset that we’re going to be the Nirvana of our time. Nirvana came in and they wiped out. When the 80s were getting over-produced and all the songs were starting to sound the same, Nirvana came in and wiped that out and got the love pushed back to guitars and vocals.
Right now I think music is thirsty for real bands and real music and real tones, real songs. Because it’s getting ridiculous out there on the other side. We came in with the mentality that if we made an important enough album, we could change the landscape of music all across the board. When you have a mindset that great and that grand, you have to feel the stars align. We felt a lot of magic making this album, I cannot wait for people to hear it. We approached it with the mentality to keep us driven and to keep the focus on doing something. We weren’t just trying to make the best record, right now or a better record than the last band or even a better record than our last record. We were trying to make a record that could defy time. I want to make a record that 10 years from now people are going back and listening to the record and saying, dude you remember that time, I do. That record reminds me of it.
Nick Raskulinecz has a pretty impressive track record, engineer. He’s worked with everyone from Alice in Chains to Rush, Deftones and Stone Sour. What did NIck do to make the new album even better than it would have been?
You know, Nick also did the Foo Fighters records, which for me was kind of the — the overall tone of a Foo Fighters record is very organic and very live sounding. That’s why we thought Nick was perfect for this project. We did not want a producer to come in and overproduce this record and make everything sound fake and unreal. Nick was perfect at capturing the essence of a real guitar tone and a real vocal sound, real drums in a cabin in the woods. In the ’90s when some of those bands were making those records, Nirvana made that record in Sound City, it was just a band in a room with some microphones and some magic. We stripped it down all the way to that, we wanted to just play the record.
Nick really helped us capture the essence of that feel, that organic vibe overall from the live show that we put on. I think he did a perfect job with us as far as keeping the eye on the prize. We were all very hungry and having someone like Nick give his — when we sent songs in, he was blown away. To get a guy like him to feel the way we felt and to see our vision, it made the bond stronger to come in and accomplish it. He believed in us all the way that we were able to do all the crazy things that I’m telling you I think we’re capable of.
Looking forward to hearing more on the upcoming album, Rick what could you tell us about upcoming touring?
Lots of radio festivals, Rocklahoma, Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range. All of them, Lazerfest. We’re going to be out doing the festival run, we have a headlining show in Destin, Fla. We’re going to headline on the fill in dates of the festivals. We have some dates coming up with Theory of a Deadman. We’re going to be touring for about two years nonstop, I want to hit the whole world on this record. I want to play everywhere. Right now, we have some headline dates, the Theory dates blended in with the a couple of Buckcherry dates and then we have some more headlining dates. I believe we’re pretty much going to cover a lot of the U.S., which is awesome.
Appreciate you being on the show, Rick. Thank you very much and we’ll definitely see you soon.
Thank you so much, it was great talking to you.
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