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Adelitas Way – Self-Titled

November 13, 2009
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Written By: Victor Alfieri


Label: Virgin – Rating:

Despite being incredibly young in terms of band life, Adelitas Way has already come a long way. They’ve already toured across the country with several large bands, are out with Halestorm right now and are all set to go out again in early 2010 with Shinedown.

“Invincible,” the first release off of their self-titled album was used earlier this year as CBS promoted the season finale for CSI: Miami. This same song is also the theme song for WWE Superstars airing Thursdays on UPN. The band also has recorded a song used by one of the wrestling tag teams for their intro.

After doing some research, it was with much anticipation that I sat down to listen to this album. With the first track being their “hit,” things started off well. “Invincible” is filled with just enough pent up emotion to get the heart rate up and the anthemic chorus creates images of arenas going wild. It does not take long to see that these guys can really play.

This album gets a little cloudy after that first track though. The band gets lost behind some of their influences at times throughout the rest of the album. “Dirty Little Thing” is a fun little song, but screams of Nickleback as does “Just a Little Bit.” “Last Stand” is a little too reminiscent of Daughtry. Let me be clear here. These are not bad songs. It’s quite the opposite. They are well-crafted and well-produced. With a little maturity and experience, I think it’s fair to say Adelitas Way will continue to carve out their own sound. They will get the chance, because I don’t think they are leaving anytime soon.

There are some strong tracks on this album. “Invincible” is definitely one of them. “So What if You Go” is another song that fits the “Major Air Play” mold. “Closer To You,” the album’s power ballad and “Brother,” the piano-based final track also do very well.

Adelitas Way consists of Rick DeJesus (Vocals), Chris Iorio (Lead Guitar), Keith Wallen (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals), Derek Johnston (Bass) and Trevor “Tre” Stafford (Drums). The album was released by Virgin Records and produced by Johnny K (Staind, 3 Doors Down).

This is a solid first attempt by a band that obviously has talent. As long as they continue to create the “Adelitas Way” sound and not get lost behind influences, they’ll do well. It won’t be long before we see them headlining the arenas instead of opening for others.

Like Adelitas Way? Check out: Nickelback, Daughtry

Rating: 2.5 out of 4 guns.

Adelitas Way – Invincible

October 15, 2009

Las Vegas rockers, Adelitas Way will hit the road with Breaking Benjamin this winter in support of their self-titled debut, which released July 14th on Virgin/EMI Music and debuted at #16 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart. The tour will kick off in San Antonio, TX on Sunday, November 29 and will include a number of radio holiday shows through of Midwest.

The album’s kick off single, the power-rock anthem “Invincible,” has earned #1 Regional Heatseekers in this week’s Billboard and has climbed to top 10 on the Active Rock radio chart. “Invincible” has already been tagged as WWE Superstars theme song, been used for spots promoting the 2009 season of Monday Night Countdown on ESPN and will be used in the new WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2010 Video Game, which hits stores October 20. Since then, the single has been streamed nearly 300,000 times on Adelitas Way’s MySpace page.


Adelitas Way – Invincible

Adelitas Way | MySpace Music Videos

Adelitas Way

October 15, 2009

Rick DeJesus – vocal
Chris Iorio – lead guitar
Keith Wallen – guitar
Trevor Stafford – drums
Derek Johnston – bass

“Invincible,” the edgy, empowering rocker that kicks off the self-titled debut from Adelitas Way is also an apt description for singer Rick DeJesus’ undaunted focus and determination. Born and raised in a rough Philly neighborhood, he saw family members in jail and on drugs, and a friend shot in the head and killed by drug dealers. Rick’s future was likewise bleak — “my friends were carrying guns, selling drugs, doing drugs, leading reckless lives. I knew I was going to pay the consequences,” Rick acknowledges. So, in 2005, grasping for any escape, on a dare Rick auditioned for a VH1 show that would take him to Los Angeles. With no idea what he was in for, in short succession Rick appeared on the VH1 show ‘Strip Search,” then ended up in Vegas, living in his car for three months, doing anything to make ends meet. “Anything” included the “American Storm” show at the Rivera. Rick calls his short stint in the revue “a rock moment. I was young, poor and crazy… and it beat robbing people.” It also allowed him the means to focus on the anthemic, potent hard modern rock that would become the calling card of Adelitas Way. Rick’s compelling personal dramas are channeled into his performances — and every dynamic note on Adelitas Way. The heartfelt, radio-ready songs, captured by Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down), Adelitas Way, range from the sexy romp of ‘Dirty Little Thing” to the emotionally charged rock anthem of “Last Stand” to the classic mid-tempo rocker “Scream.”

Rick is joined by kindred spirits in the Las Vegas-based quintet. First to join Adelitas Way was Iorio, a high school senior who credits his “rock & roll parents” with getting him a guitar at 7, and turning him on to KISS, Ted Nugent and Van Halen. His style is a mix of ‘70s rock with modern flair, and he notes: “I like Slash and Randy Rhoads—both bluesy and ‘shreddy’ styles.” Trevor Stafford, an in-demand tour and studio drummer, was on Ozzfest with the band Shuvel at 17, and is a fan of System of a Down, Primus, and grunge. A Huntington Beach, California native, he moved to Vegas to be in the band full time. The final puzzle pieces are New York-bred bassist Derek Johnston and West Virginia native guitarist Keith Wallen, who joined after the record was complete. They both bring indie, hardcore and classic rock influences to the Adelitas Way stew.

Trevor gives major props to Rick for getting Adelitas Way shows with artists like Chris Cornell, Hinder and Tantric, and generating the huge industry buzz that ended with the band signing to Virgin. “I played with a lot of people,” says Trevor, “but never anyone like Rick; his work ethic is out-of-control amazing.” Rick and Trevor have more than rock in common. Determined to rise above the chaos of his existence in Philly, Rick graduated high school with a 3.7 GPA and went to college for three years, playing college baseball. Likewise, Trevor earned a partial baseball scholarship, but, like Rick, ultimately chose music. It wasn’t until Rick was 18 and snuck into a bar for an acoustic night, singing in front of 60 people for first time ever (and getting a standing ovation), that he thought, ‘hey, I might not suck!’” Now they’re team players in Adelitas Way, Rick’s winning personality and dogged work growing the band’s reputation one fan at a time, literally. “Every second of my life was focused on music. I bought nothing for the first year doing music in Vegas. I wore the same shirt every day. I handed a demo to every person I saw, and that’s how the mystique began. If I was in Walmart, Dunkin’ Donuts… I probably handed out 6,000 demos. So our first show we drew 900 kids at the Rainbow Bar.”

Rick and the band (in a different lineup) sold 10,000 self-titled records under their own steam, “Move On” earning #1 song accolades in 2006 on Vegas rock station KOMP. Regional tours further honed their reputation as a powerful live act, solidifying Rick as a charismatic frontman who wrote songs that exorcised and explored the demons of his past. Their songs, like “Scream,” written in a scummy Memphis motel room, are a whole-band effort. Rick’s lyrics are at once introspective, compassionate, unflinching and inspiring. On “Invincible,” a band favorite, Rick explains, “I was going for that ‘Incredible Hulk’ feeling; a song that pumps you up, a crowd-pleaser. It’s about our attitude: I’m not going to let anyone stand in the way of my dreams.”

One of the band’s most-asked questions is their name. Rick, the consummate storyteller on and offstage, relates a great true tale. During a band road trip to LA, they took a detour to San Diego, and when Rick woke up from a nap in the back of the band truck, they were getting arrested in Mexico. Corrupt cops robbed the band, but Rick secreted away a little cash in his socks. Freaked out, the band went to the first bar they saw in Tijuana to have a beer and calm their nerves. It was the Adelita Bar. “There were a bunch of young, really pretty girls and I realized it was basically a brothel,” explains Rick. “I chatted with one girl, questioning why she was living this life? And I wrote a song about it. The band name emerged from the sad stories behind the ‘Way’ they lived at the Adelita—Adelitas Way. As a songwriter,” Rick continues, “I’m very emotional, I put myself in people’s shoes a lot and live vicariously. My songs are about true situations.” That’s reflected in their well rounded and timeless album. For instance, “All Fall Down” is about Rick’s headspace before he left the mean streets of Philly. “Before I moved, everything was gloomy and depressing. But as a kid, your only concern was what you were going to be for Halloween, or get for Christmas. So the song is about how you should have savored those moments. I took things for granted.”

In 2009, with the rising success of Adelitas Way, Rick takes nothing for granted, and some days, feels lucky just to be alive. As teenage guitarist Chris observes, “we made it this far by hard work and nickel-and-dimeing it, vans breaking down in the middle of the desert, the whole bit. It took a while to find this ideal lineup, where we all want the same thing. And everything finally feels right.”

Adelitas Way On Tour W/Shinedown & Breaking Benjamin

October 15, 2009

Las Vegas rockers, Adelitas Way will hit the road with Breaking Benjamin this winter in support of their self-titled debut, which released July 14th on Virgin/EMI Music and debuted at #16 on Billboard’s Top New Artist Chart. The tour will kick off in San Antonio, TX on Sunday, November 29 and will include a number of radio holiday shows through of Midwest.

The album’s kick off single, the power-rock anthem “Invincible,” has earned #1 Regional Heatseekers in this week’s Billboard and has climbed to top 10 on the Active Rock radio chart. “Invincible” has already been tagged as WWE Superstars theme song, been used for spots promoting the 2009 season of Monday Night Countdown on ESPN and will be used in the new WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2010 Video Game, which hits stores October 20. Since then, the single has been streamed nearly 300,000 times on Adelitas Way’s MySpace page.

Check out their first single “Invincible” and other music from Adeltias Way on the group’s MySpace page and official website.

Current Tour Dates:
(With Shinedown & Sick Puppies:)
October 14 Little Rock, AZ Metroplex
October 15 Hattiesburg, MS Remington Hunt Club
October 16 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
October 17 New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront
October 18 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock
October 19 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena
October 20 N. Myrtle beach, SC House of Blues
October 21 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
October 23 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
October 24 Charlotte, NC The Uptown Amphitheatre
Additional Dates (No Shinedown)
October 27 Knoxville, TN The Valarium w/Tantric
October 28 Evansville, IN Woody?s Bar & Grill w/ Halestorm
October 31 Atlanta, GA Center Stage Complex w/Constellations
November 1 Pascagoula, MS Thunder Tavern /WCPR show
November 14 Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan /Planetfest WPLA
November 20 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
November 21 Las Vegas, NV Cherry Nightclub

(With Breaking Benjamin:)
November 29 San Antonio, TX Sunken Garden Amphitheatre
December 2 Lubbock, TX The Pavilion
December 5 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
December 6 Springfield, MO Shrine Mosque
December 8 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
December 9 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Convention Center
December 16 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room @ Murat Centre