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|When they finish the Projekt
Revolution Tour, which also features Linkin Park, Cypress Hill and DJ Z-Trip, Adema will
join Alien Ant Farm, Fenix TX, Glassjaw and others on the already-in-progress SnoCore
Festival (see "Alien Ant Farm, Fenix TX At Heart Of SnoCore Tour"), which runs
until March 30. After that, the band will likely tour on its own through the end of the
Some bands in such a position long for all those seemingly endless months to pass so they
can get home and work on new material. Adema, however, plan to write their next record
while they're on the road, and they've already got three complete songs and dozens of
"The new record's gonna be cool because we're experimenting with different
sounds," frontman Marky Chavez, the half-brother of Korn's Jonathan Davis, said
Friday. "A lot of it's real deep, and we also have some crowd-getters, stuff that
makes people bounce. There's a new song that has a real Rage Against the Machine
influence. I miss that band terribly."
"I think our prior bands were learning grounds for all of us," added drummer
Kris Kohls, who was previously in Videodrone, the first band signed to Korn's Elementree
label. "But once we came together it felt like we had been together forever. And we
work really well together. Writing songs for us is as easy as it can be. We're constantly
working and creating."
The three newly finished Adema songs are all still untitled, and only one has lyrics.
"It's about a friend who really hurt herself and did some things that really screwed
up her opportunities," Chavez said. "When it comes out people will know what I'm
talking about. I've worked really hard on it. I had to re-write the thing six or seven
The other two songs have vocal melodies, but Chavez is taking his time with the actual
verse. Unlike the songs on Adema's self-titled debut, which were largely about alienation,
non-conformity and substance abuse, Chavez wants the next disc to convey many of the
things he's learned since the band began its whirlwind tour.
"I'm trying to challenge myself to write really explicit, detailed stories so people
really, really get what I'm saying," he said. "When you're on the road so much
you start getting more in-depth about what you're talking about and the things that you're
experiencing. So I think the second record is gonna show a lot of growth and a lot of
maturing, and I think people will be able to relate to a lot of it."
Although Adema recently had to leave the Projekt Revolution Tour because of an unspecified
family emergency, the band will likely rejoin the jaunt February 16 in Little Rock,
Arkansas. After all, the bandmembers had been having a blast up until they were forced to
temporarily drop off.
"It's just been excellent," Chavez enthused. "I don't think you can get a
better lineup. The coolest thing about the tour is the positivity in the room. I see
people leaving and they're happy and they're laughing and having a good time. And I think
that's what music's about."
"There are definitely no egos on this tour, which is one of the best things about
it," bassist Dave DeRoo added. "We're having a great time. We'd already been
good friends with Linkin Park, and they're from the same area we're from. And then we've
really clicked with Cypress Hill."
After Projekt Revolution ends on February 24 in San Diego, Adema head out on the SnoCore
Tour. "It should be good," Chavez said. "I think Alien Ant Farm fans will
like Adema music and it will be fun because we've known those guys. They played shows with
us before we were both signed."
"It'll be good because it will be a different crowd for us," added Kohls.
"It's gonna be little skater kids and snowboarders, which is cool. We're up for
playing to anybody. We play Bar Mitzvahs, parties. We do it all, we're just gonna keep
playing and making our fanbase grow. So SnoCore is just another notch on our
Currently, the band is still rockin' its latest single, "The Way You Like It,"
which will likely remain a priority cut for a while. But when Adema drop their next
single, they'll probably go with "Freaking Out."
"We really like the way the crowd responds to it," Chavez said. "It's about
feeling left out. I think everyone has that anxiety of being the new kid. I constantly was
moved around in schools throughout my entire life. So I was always trying to make new
friends and that whole thing sucked. I wrote about those experiences in the song and
hopefully someone can get some peace out of listening to someone else who had to go