Lucas Paul Caraccioli-Vocals
Dave De Roo-Bass
Hailing from Bakersfield, California, Adema exploded onto the Modern Rock scene in 2001 with the release of their self-titled debut on Arista Records. The first two singles, Giving In and The Way You Like It, were radio hits that secured the album a #27 debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The Bakersfield quintet's instantaneous fan base was cemented by an almost unheard-of coup - landing on the main stage of the 2001-2 Ozzfest merely on the strength of their first cd. Adema stayed on the road for more than a year, touring with the likes of Linkin Park, Drowning Pool, and Disturbed. In March 2002, Adema's self-titled debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA. A review of Adema's debut in the prestigious NME raved: "Adema's visceral, artfully succinct rock punch comes brilliantly wrapped in killer whistleable tunes." Rolling Stone wrote: "Moody, hard and melodic, a creative palette of soaring solos, singing lines and textures."
A seven-song remix and cover EP, “Insomniac's Dream”, followed in October 2002, and Adema's full-length follow-up, "Unstable", was next. Recorded in early 2003 with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., Hoobastank), Unstable was a mature, dynamic album that proved Adema was a musical force to be reckoned with, not just a flash in the pan. “Unstable” Soundscanned 75,000 copies in the first 3 weeks of its release.
Yet mere weeks after the release of Unstable, Arista Records closed its doors, leaving Adema without a label. With the music industry on the whole tightening its belts and major labels consolidating and merging, Adema entered 2004 with no label support.
During this time, Earache took notice. "We couldn't ignore the fact that Adema had sold nearly platinum and they were unsigned," says Al Dawson, Earache US Label manager, "It occurred to us that Earache could offer this band another chance."
"Adema's music is more powerful and genuine than any trend, and can only be described as Rock," Dawson continues. Adema drummer Kris Kohls describes it thusly: "We go on stage and rock! Rock: it's such a broad word that it doesn't categorise you. From STP to Metallica to Weezer to the Cure, Rock encompasses it all." In spring 2004, Earache approached Adema with an offer for a worldwide deal and the band signed on July 16.
Al Dawson explains, "We are proud to be working with Adema, a band whose musicianship and professionalism are both world-class. I'm confident we have a mutually rewarding situation ahead of us and I hope our success will stand as an example to other bands out there that an artist-friendly indie label like Earache is a viable alternative to the major labels. The corporate giants can't match the care and attention that we offer our bands, every step of the way."
Adema drummer Kris Kohls states, "Adema is proud to announce we have signed to Earache! We will be putting out the new record in 2005 and Earache is definitely the right label to get our record out there. Our new material is very diverse and Earache understands how to let a band do their thing and create music that comes from the heart. We are making music from the heart again and it feels great. Be ready...Adema is back!"
Shortly after the Earache signing, Adema replaced original singer Marky Chavez (half-brother of Korn's Jonathan Davis) with new frontman Luke Caraccioli. The new voice of Adema, Caraccioli brings immense talent and energy into the mix, guiding Adema's sound into a new, more mature direction. A standout in the Southern California rock scene for years as frontman for Rewind Yesterday, Caraccioli beat out a slew of other young hopefuls for the coveted spot in Adema. Possessing passion and control reminiscent of Maynard Keenan and Brandon Boyd, Caraccioli stands ready to lead Adema back onto the international scene -- a more powerful force than ever before.
In late 2004, Adema entered Fat Tracks Studios in Bakersfield, CA, to record "Planets", their debut for Earache. On “Planets”, Kohls, Fluckey, and DeRoo draw on all their years of experience and come forth with a new album that shatters all preconceived notions. Set for worldwide release in April 2005, "Planets" showcases world-class songwriting and musicianship beyond anything Adema has ever recorded. Armed with Caraccioli’s youthful edge and undeniable vocal authority, Adema is a new animal.
2005 will see Adema heading out on a stint of worldwide touring. Incredibly, the first stop, in early April, is the Persian Gulf region to play at the request of the USO for US troops stationed at Army bases in the area. It's a well trodden path recently beaten by such luminaries as David Letterman, 50 Cent/G-Unit, and Henry Rollins amongst others. As a former Marine himself, Caraccioli is no stranger to appearing in a war zone, and he relishes the chance to return and offer his support to the troops. Following the USO tour, Adema will tour the US, UK and Europe.
2005 is the year "Planets" will send Adema into a whole different orbit. Earache is proud to be a part of this crucial step in Adema's career.
Posted by earache.com