Adema Prep New Songs, Mourn Loss Of Rage Against The Machine

Band working on new material while on Projekt Revolution Tour.

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 year.

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 solid ideas.

"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 times."

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 bedposts."

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 through that."