|dada, from left, Joie Calio, Michael Gurley and Phil Leavitt|
Now today comes news that the band is returning from hiatus to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary with a string of shows in 2017. Here is the media release...
LOS ANGELES BAND DADA CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY BY HITTING THE ROAD ON THE “DADA FOREVER TOUR” WITH SPECIAL GUEST 7HORSE
7HORSE’S “LIVIN’ IN A BITCH OF A WORLD” IMPACTS RADIO TODAY
|dada, from left, Phil Leavitt, Joie Calio and |
Michael Gurley performing at the Coach
House on March 2, 2013
Two decades after the Los Angeles outfit dada embarked on its original journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating the band’s 25th anniversary and planning the “dada Forever Tour” in 2017. Making these shows even more exciting, special guest 7Horse will be opening with a full set in San Francisco and performing a special “mini-set” of their original songs on all the other dates.
In view of our current state of affairs, 7Horse impacts radio today, with their song “Livin in a Bitch of a World” the title track from their latest album.” Bluesy, sexy, dark and rockin’. Proving that real rock n' roll is alive and well.” -- Subba-Culcha
Also members of dada, 7Horse is guitarist Joie Calio and singer/drummer Phil Leavitt. The album Livin’ in a Bitch of a World features thrilling tales of grifters, gun owners and drug runners, as powerful as any in hardboiled fiction, and punctuated perfectly by doomy drumming, vicious strumming and lacerating slide-guitar playing. ”Raw and raunchy, soulful and edgy – 7Horse avoids the pitfalls of garage rockers like Black Keys and White Stripes by ensuring the melodies rise above ‘genre’ trappings. Hooks galore never obfuscate the duo’s down and dirty rootsy agenda though.” – Power of Pop
Livin’ in a Bitch of a World is the follow-up to their sophomore effort Songs For A Voodoo Wedding that includes the single Flying High (With No ID) and was deemed “an album with moments of brilliance” by Substream Magazine. As well as their debut album Let The 7Horse Run that spawned the hit song Meth Lab Zoso Sticker, which was chosen by Martin Scorsese for his film The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, it’s had over 1.1 million views, 5 million streams and over 100,000 downloads. More recently you can find songs from 7Horse featured in the new Amazon Prime show “The Grand Tour.”
“dada is about digging into our roots, examining and celebrating it.” Says Calio
Since the release of their groundbreaking 1992 debut Puzzle, the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with a hint of psychedelic rock. Adding to the trio’s groundbreaking line of attack are the marathon-length shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind.
Puzzle was released on September 8, 1992, and it didn’t take long for the band’s sonic imprint to find an audience. The album’s first single “Dizz Knee Land” found widespread airplay on alternative and mainstream rock outlets cracking the Top 5 on the Modern Rock Single's chart and pushing the album's sales to over 1,000,000 worldwide.
The success of Puzzle was followed in 1994 by American Highway Flower, featuring the ambitious “Ask the Dust” and astounding “Feet to the Sun,” dada has gone on to create a magnificent discography featuring a half-dozen full-length albums and an EP. The trio has also issued a number of solo efforts and offshoot projects along the way exploring a range of styles including folk, blues, jazz and rock. Gurley and Leavitt were both members of Butterfly Jones while dada was on hiatus in the early ‘00s; Calio has released several solo discs and with X Levitation Cult. Mike Gurley and the Nightcaps are a popular jazz group in Southern California. Additionally, Leavitt has stepped out from behind the drum set as lead singer and Calio is playing guitar in 7Horse.
“People always ask, ‘Do you still talk to each other after all these years?’ So that’s really why I wanted to commemorate it because no matter the size of the career if you can stick together and still have a desire to play music together you have accomplished something” explains Leavitt.
2/16/17 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
2/17/17 The Rose Pasadena, CA
2/18/17 Coach House Orange Country, CA
2/19/17 Hotel Utah San Francisco. CA with 7Horse
2/23/17 The Blue Bird Denver, CO
3/2/17 The Double Door Chicago, IL
Read my review of dada's 20th anniversary date at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano here.