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by Dias

An eclectic collection of songs — from blues/rock to reggae/rock to rock/rock — From Bob Dorans The Hum North Coast Journal
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Opening
0:51 album only
2. Come The Revolution
2:49 $0.50
3. Waiting
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4. Circles
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5. Call
0:50 album only
6. Pages
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7. I Know
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8. Candle Light
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9. Night Like This
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10. When She Comes Back
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11. Man In Pain
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12. Intuition
3:22 $0.50
13. Bended Knee
4:44 $0.50
14. Drummer Boy
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15. Latin Thang
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16. Drum Thang
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17. Closing
1:59 album only
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Album Notes
Dias grew up between the redwoods and the ocean, in one of the few cultural Mecca’s between San Francisco and Portland – the county of Humboldt, in the far reaches of Northern California. His father, a longtime songwriter and performer, mentored Dias when he picked up his first two instruments: the bass at age 9, and the guitar at age 10. Since then, he also learned to play keyboard and drums.

The young talent wrote his first song at age 10, and played his first performance at the Angelina Inn with his father at age 11. “I was so scared I almost pissed myself,” Dias said in a July 2007 interview. Most of his playing time in his early high school years was spent in his bedroom. Dias wrote anthems, and played them for friends. When he realized people liked his material, he began finding gigs and performing more regularly.

He connected with some musicians, who formed a band called Still Risen. “We played a lot of school events and later through annual festivals,” Dias said. “When outlets or venues for our music dried up, we created our own. We were always highly motivated to play, and I think that maybe rubbed off on a few kids below us because all of a sudden young bands from our high school started popping up more often.” Still Risen was the only band in approximately 30 years to play at the junior prom.

After high school, Dias jumped in a van and went to Austin, Texas, for a year by himself. He played music and learned the scene, working with several bands and musicians. Since age 23, he mostly writes music and produces material for other musicians. “I’m so tired of having talented musicians around and then bands breaking up,” he said.

After 15 years of performing and writing, and his family’s and local following’s repeated requests, Dias finally released his debut album (self-titled) in May 2006. “I had released demos before, but never an album. They just kept saying, ‘When are you going to release some of your stuff?’” he said. “I finally did it.”

Since this first release, Dias has been playing venues from Northern California to Austin, Texas. During his Essential Open Mic Tour and Acoustic Alive Tour in 2006, he could be found performing at some popular clubs, such as Highland Grounds in Hollywood, The Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles and South by South West in Austin.
He is most proud of his daughter playing music to carry on the family tradition, and the fact that he never gave up his music. “Many times I should have quit, but I kept playing,” Dias said.

Dias' diverse and well-rounded songwriting/performance skills have been well received, with a following that ranges from ages 10 to 80. This diversity showed itself best when a song Dias co-wrote with country artist James Holland landed at #26 on the country music charts in Spain.

Dias has been influenced by a wide spectrum of musicians and styles, from classic rock and old style country to punk and hard rock. Some of the most influential artists are: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Spearhead, Bob Dylan, Sublime, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jack Johnson, Prince, Guns ’n’ Roses, Mötley Crϋe and classic punk artists such as The Ramones.
Dias is currently producing two separate albums for release this year. One is a studio release, while the other is all live cuts recorded at The Gilded Rose in Humboldt County. He has a CD release party scheduled for mid-August.

The Lokals
The Lokals were named in February 2006 while on a gig in Sacramento: "We needed a name for my conga player, and The Lokal sounded good and it just stuck."

The Lokals are:
Jonathan Hoppis (congas and percussion) - He is not yet a seasoned veteran like some of the other players in the band, but Jonathan has that rare talent of being able to pick up new instruments very quickly. He started playing congas about four years ago and has excelled both live and in the studio.

Christopher George (Bass Guitar) – one of the best Humboldt County artists.

Aaron Sousa (Drums) – a seasoned musician, with a family music tradition handed down for generations.

Ernie (Spencer T) Ernshaw (Drums) – Original drummer for Canadian favorite The Whackers.

Tony Dominick (Drums)- a seasoned local that has played for close to 20 years in many of Humboldt County’s most prestigious bands.


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CD Reviews!
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 CD.

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 interplay.

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

Second-generation Humboldt native Adam Dias recently returned to the area after living in Austin, then in Corvallis, Oregon. He brought with him an eclectic collection of songs — from blues/rock to reggae/rock to rock/rock — and put the polish on them at the Loleta home studio of his friend Brad Holman. "I love music — I have always loved music — it's the one thing in life people can't live without," he tells me, and that passion shows in his record. I can't imagine him playing the songs on it all on his own, and he won't have to. When he has his CD release party at Bear River Casino Saturday, he'll be backed by his friends The Clint Warner Band, who will back him before performing rockin' blues on their own.

--Bob Doran The Hum From The North Coast Journal May 2006



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Its truely a soothing remarkable masterpiece!
This Album is truely a soothing remarkable masterpiece. It is very personal yet, can be related to everyone. I enjoy the variety of the creation that this album has expressed.

Judy Weber

This kid rocks!!
This cd has a well rounded variety of music genres. All of which are catchy and entertaining.

judy weber

forgot to mention
Forgot to mention in my other review, that, if you listen to the opening and think of either a mitsubishi ad or Miami Vice, well, need i say more?