Although it has been more than 2½ years since Los Angeles-based dada released a full-length album of new material, fans of the much-admired trio have been getting a well-deserved taste of dada’s latest songs online. “7.1 Stereo” is a brawny riff rocker, while “A Friend of Pat Robertson” is filled with shimmering vocal harmonies layered atop a textured sonic landscape. Both songs can be heard at www.myspace.com/dadatheband, and a new EP featuring those songs should be available commercially before the end of 2006.
In addition, Gurley’s side project, Mike Gurley and the Nightcaps, recently issued the full-length “Euphoria.” The superb disc features 10 of Gurley’s originals (including a revamped take on dada’s “Last Train Out of My Mind”), a John Gilmore tune and several standards reworked in a style sure to please lovers of neo-swing and lounge music. Gurley delivers a strong vocal performance on the classic “My Funny Valentine,” as well as his own “Spoken For.”
The Coach House is a legendary destination for fans of dada since it was at the San Juan Capistrano venue that singer-guitarist Michael Gurley and bassist-singer Joie Calio took the stage for the first time together to open for Mary’s Danish in 1991. Several months later, with the addition of drummer Phil Leavitt, dada set out on a course that has led to the release of some of the best original rock music of the 1990s and this decade.
Dada makes an eagerly-anticipated return to the Coach House on Saturday night.
In addition to performing songs from the band’s memorable debut (Dizz Knee Land,” “Dim,” “Dorina”), dada will likely be performing several songs from the trio’s forthcoming EP, and 2003’s “Live: Official Bootleg (Vol. 1),” released by Coach House Records.
The crowd on hand to catch dada this weekend will get to see something increasingly rare in modern rock; musicians who exhibit equal measures of skills as songwriters, virtuoso musicians and singers capable of dazzling with harmonies that recall the magic of the Byrds, Badfinger and Crowded House. Dada typically performs energetic and marathon-length shows at the Coach House stretching close to three hours.
Citizen Joe and Boxcar will also perform on the bill with dada at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $20.
See you there!