"Home School Valedictorian," the sophomore CD from Las Vegas quartet Adelitas Way, earns an "A" for execution, even managing to top the band’s forcefully compelling 2009 self-titled debut and its chart-topping single "Invincible." On "Home School Valedictorian," Philly-born singer/songwriter Rick DeJesus pens lyrics that are full of relatable pain and pathos in songs like memorably intense rockers "Sick," and "The Collapse," rife with heavy, edgy, melodic musicality, creating modern hard rock at once both eloquent and primal.
The last two years have been nothing short of amazing for Adelitas Way—playing at the 2010 Jets/Patriots game, touring arenas with bands including Theory Of A Deadman and Shinedown, their song ‘Scream” in Saw 3D , not to mention “Invincible” becoming the official theme song for WWE Superstars and used on the ‘CSI: Miami” finale. Yet while DeJesus’ gratitude, positivity and charisma is palpable, he often comments lyrically on the darker side of humanity. “The title ‘Home School Valedictorian’ reflects the fact you meet a lot of people who are ungrateful for the things they’ve been given in life,” the singer notes.
In case you haven’t heard, Adelitas Way was hosting a contest on SoundTracking! The winner received an awesome signed guitar by the band! With all the buzz around Adelitas Way, we were lucky enough to catch the lead singer Rick Dejesus to talk about the band and what’s soundtracking their life right now. Read on to learn more about his musical inspirations and how he discovers new music!
Do you use an iPhone or Android?
Iphone all day! :)
What artist do you think everyone should be listening to right now?
Adelitas Way or i wouldnt have dedicated my entire life to making sure people hear us. Haha.
How do you discover new music?
Word of mouth, GOOD radio not that garbage ass pop shit, and also from touring we are in the trenches and we see a lot of great young bands.
What’s the best live show you’ve seen this year?
I really enjoyed Guns N Roses, Axl is a icon.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Metallica, STP, Soundgarden, Nirvana, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, All the G’s of Rock n Roll.
If you could meet any other artist, alive or deceased, who would it be?
What is your favorite venue to play a show?
I love playing every night, it’s what i look forward the most in my day when we are on tour. I can wait to get on stage.
What’s your favorite venue to to see a show?
The Midland in KC is always good to watch our friends kick ass at.
If you were touring right now- what would be soundtracking your trip?
Zeppelin, Metallica, Incubus, some New AW haha we have been tracking for our 3rd album and it’s all the guys wanna listen to. Haha.
How did you guys meet?
We all met through mutual friends.
What’s the current SoundTrack to your life right now?
What’s on rotation on your iPod?
Lots of great music. I love music and talent, most new pop and alternative sucks but there are always the stars and talent like Bruno Mars, Adele, Soundgarden’s new album rules. I just love music!
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