Dias & the
Lokals: Two new albums, one night
08/16/2007 04:30:16 AM
Adam Dias is truly a
Having grown up in
the Fortuna school system while learning music from his father John Dias, who
played in many local bands over the years, Adam's roots run deep.
Without his father's
guidance, he probably wouldn't have become a musician. He was into sports when
he was young and said he probably would have focused more of his energy in that
direction if it hadn't been for his dad.
”I played my first
venue when I was 11. At the Angelina
Inn,” he said.
He sat in with his
dad and performed a set of Chris LeDoux, who was his hero at the time, he said.
”From that point on,
I wanted to perform live,” Dias said.
Humboldt doesn't have the kinds of venues that young musicians can play, so his
young bands started playing parties.
”Our drummer's dad
wasn't too keen on parties, so we had to start playing school events,” he said.
“We ended up getting to do our junior prom. We were like the first band in 30
years or so to play junior prom. And the next day the band broke up.”
Dias moved on to
other projects and took with him the knowledge that bands generally don't make
it and breaking up is a common
theme in the music
”When I came back
from Austin, I stopped playing
with bands because they always break up. The reality of a band is some quit
before they get off the cutting floor, and some quit when they're right about to
make it,” Dias said. “That's the only reason why I use my name -- because I know
I'm never going to quit.”
The Lokals formed
behind Dias recently as the backing band for his live album, which will be
available at his CD release show at the Gilded Rose on Friday.
just local artists, and anybody who ever comes and plays with me is a part of
the Lokals,” he said. “I just had to have a name.”
The current group
consists of five members.
”Chris [George], the
bass player, I've been playing with on and off since I was a kid. Johnny
[Hoppis] the hand drummer works with CDF so he's not at all the shows, but he's
really become the star of the show,” Dias said.
In addition to
George, and Hoppis Dias has a trio of drummers backing him -- all of them
seasoned musicians -- Aaron Sousa, Ernie “Spencer T” Ernshaw and Tony Dominick.
The group really
isn't about making money, and when asked whether he'd want to sign a record deal
with a major label, Dias replied, “I've been asked that question before and the
last time I said, 'As much as I don't want to I probably would, because I know
what that means.' And it's been a goal of mine for so long. But, now I would
answer, 'No, I wouldn't.'”
He said that to sign
a deal with any type of label he would need to be sure that the company realized
his artistic direction and was willing to work with it, and if they weren't then
he would need to be able to get out of the deal.
This is important
because the music of Dias & the Lokals doesn't fall into one traditional
genre. It dances between rock, country, reggae and folk equally.
”When I make a
record, I try never to put all the same genre on one record,” Dias said. “I
don't ever sit down and think, 'Listeners are going to want to hear all rock and
roll this time' or 'all country this time.' I think that's annoying.”
Dias has a real
problem with the way that major media outlets spin information. Having worked in
television for Fox, he said he became disgusted with the way the truth wasn't
”I woke up one day
and realized I'm just a part of the machine,” Dias said. “So I left. I wasn't a
journalist. I didn't write for television; I didn't write for a newspaper. So I
didn't have that feeling that I could change anything.”
Now he uses his
music as a tool to help spread what he sees as the truth.
”I'd like to do it
more, but I also believe that music is entertainment -- so whatever comes out.
One of the songs on my new album is called 'More Love,' which is a pretty
provocative song.” Dias said. “That song is all about our distorted view on
But that isn't all
his music is about. The next few songs after “More Love” include a love song and
a spiritual song. Overall, Dias has just always known he wanted to make music
but it's never really been about the money.
commercialize anything, but if the intent of that music is your sole purpose
then I don't think anyone can ever take that away from you.”
Dias and the Lokals
will be playing a CD release show Friday at the Gilded Rose in Loleta. Two new
albums will be available, “Raw From the Rose,” the Lokals live album, is
available for $8 and “More Love,” the Lokals studio album, is available for $10.
Jonathan Glen is the
editor of Northern Lights. Contact him at [email protected]-
From Article 420? April 19 2007
Bob Doran’s The Hum
Adam Dias is making a live recording with The
Locals at the Gilded Rose in Loleta with special guests
Indie Music Stop
Like a big holiday meal this release offers up a lot
musically to digest with its sixteen tracks.
You'll find mostly rock music intermixed with a few pop
tunes on the CD. Although you'll also find a couple of reggae flavored ones.
The songs are drenched with solid guitar work, be they
intro's or solo parts.
You'll also find a drum beat that's always hanging around
controlling the flow of the music.
Dias really put his stamp of this release playing the
majority of instruments including; guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums along with
the lead vocals.
The songs aren't afraid to deal with tough subjects
either like; teen pregnancy, sick children, and destructive love.
You'll also find an under riding spiritual side to the
I really liked the almost instrumental track, Latin
Thang." Except for a few words the song is all about music.
It's lead by the keyboard playing but also features drum
work that reminded me a lot of the classic song, "Wipe Out" with its drum
The only thing I would have changed is the several 1-2
minute songs found on the release.
I think that what they brought to the CD wouldn't have
been missed much and would have tightened the flow with the rest of the songs.
Other then that small thing this release is one of those
that you'll keep wanting to listen to over and over to fully comprehend all that
it has to offer.
--C.W. Ross / Indie Music Stop