DoubleView of Adelitas Way
at Rocklahoma 2014
After all this success in the past two albums, one can only wonder if Stuck will live up to the other albums, or even surpass them. “The quality of the music is different and better,” states Andrew Cushing (bass). “We came together as more of a band on this album and we just translated what we were feeling… It was just us kind of feeling like we had our own thing to say.”
To produce Stuck, Adelitas Way had the privilege of working with Grammy Award winner Nick Raskulinecz. “He was the man,” Zakaryan recollects, “He was super into the songs and he wanted what we wanted out of the songs…We wanted to keep it true, keep it not too overdone, stick with more of the main instruments that we play.” “[It] was more of a raw vibe,” adds Cushing.
They definitely achieved the raw vibe they had been aiming for. The new single “Dog On A Leash” was released in early April of this year and brought a new sound that Adelitas Way hadn’t yet experimented with. The guitar throughout the song (but especially at the beginning) is tinged with a much more bluesy, Southern sound, and DeJesus’ vocals are brought to a whole new level.
It turns out that Stuck will be reflecting this new sound. “I love the blues,” Cushing explains. “That’s what it is. It’s cool that it feels like that; it’s different.” “Different and better,” Zakaryan finishes.
At Rocklahoma, Adelitas Way shared the stage with big name bands like Kid Rock and Five Finger Death Punch. “We love being part of the main tier bands,” says Zakaryan. Cushing adds with, “The crowds are always awesome. We like to pump them up for the bigger guys behind us.”
However, how exactly are they supposed to pump up a crowd of 50,000 drunken people? Turns out they have a plan. “We’re gonna give them refreshments,” declares Zakaryan, “some non-alcoholic refreshments.”
Cushing corrects him, saying, “We’re gonna f**king wake them up with our guitar amps. That’s what we’re gonna do.” “Clean guitars, heavy, mushy bass,” Zakaryan adds.
Dangerous? Well, how dangerous can it get? “On the way in here,” Zakaryan begins, “as we pulled into this place, our tire to our trailer just rolled of.” “Part of the axel broke and rolled off into the side of the creek,” adds Cushing. Zakaryan mournfully continues, “This is like our fifth tire, so that’s a little crazy.”
Zakaryan seems to think it’s all about dying, though. “Technically we’re just asking to die. That’s what’s crazy. It’s not about the tattoos and the girls and the little bracelets and the little necklaces and all their little everything. It’s about not trying to die out there.” Of course, I’m thinking, Are you sure it’s not about the music? “Well, that’s a big part of it, that’s the main thing,” says Zakaryan. “We’re not trying to die for the music.”
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.