Adelitas Way founder and vocalist, Rick DeJesus, is on a creative tear these days and that should make fans quite happy. The band self-released its fourth studio album, Getaway, to critical acclaim earlier this year and this month the group has launched a brand new single from what will be their next album due in early 2017. The band, which also features drummer Trevor Stafford, bassist Andrew Cushing, and guitarist Robert Zakaryan, just wrapped a heavy spring and summer of touring and are grabbing a quick dose of downtime before returning to the road with Scott Stapp. Metalholic caught up with DeJesus for a quick conversation at his home in Las Vegas where the band will do a special performance, Nightmare on Adelitas Way, over the Halloween weekend. DeJesus admits he has been writing a lot of new material lately. As a result, the band will return to the studio in January and February with famed producer Elvis Baskette (Alter Bridge, Slash, Tremonti) to record the group’s fifth studio album.
You guys are doing a big hometown Halloween show. Do you get into the whole Halloween scene?
“I am. I do. I’m very festive with all the holidays. I get very into it. I watch all the Halloween movies leading up to it. I have my kids now, so I take them to all the Halloween stuff. I watch Halloween movies with them. I go out trick or treating with them. I dress up. I’ll be dressing up for the show. Yeah, I’m a very festive person.”
Do you have an all-time favorite Halloween movie?
“It’s gotta be Halloween. For me, growing up those movies were legendary. They try to do remakes, but nothing will beat the original Halloween.”
Adelitas Way released its newest studio album, Getaway, earlier this year and you already have new music for us. You recently released the track “Ready for War (Pray for Peace)”. Tell us about the new song and why you wanted to get new music out there so quickly?
“The new song was more about the message than getting new music out there quickly. I feel a certain way right now about what’s going on in general. I’ve got a houseful of girls I have to protect and take care of, and also, my best friend since I was four-years-old is a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. These are the influences in my life, so I talk to them, and I’m a very proud American and I support our troops. I support our police officers. With everything going on in the world today, I had something to say. I wanted to send a message about the state of mind of everyone that’s protecting a family and everyone that’s protecting our country. Our soldiers are out there preparing for anything; and on top of that, the men and women keeping us safe at home, our police officers keeping the streets safe…there are people protesting and rioting against them. I understand that there are rogue officers, but you can go to Subway and find someone who sucks at their job. You can’t start making it a war against the boys in blue. I’m very supportive of our country and our officers, and just protecting my household. So I wanted to write this song to express, not only for myself…but I wanted them to be able to put the headphones on and understand that someone knows their mindset as well.”
Certainly the military service members and law enforcement officers would appreciate the sentiment of what you’re trying to say.
“They make our country safe, and at the end of the day, I’ll play a show for our troops any time, any day, any place, and I am not looking for anything. I just want to show my appreciation. I want a free country. I want a free world for my kids and for my kid’s kids. I’m the kind of guy, when I see officers in front of me at restaurant, I buy them lunch. I want them to know I appreciate them putting their lives on the line every day. I think a lot of people are getting mixed up and they are not realizing that these guys have families. They’re going into situations the average person is running out of, and I think that they deserve a little more respect than what they are getting.”
You are a parent now. Has that changed your perspective significantly when you approach your music and in particular your lyrics?
“I think sometimes. I think I’m a little older now too, so my writing content is about different things. I think it’s also very inspiring. I’m like a lion; I have to fight for my kids, my family. I have to make great music. I have to be the best that I can be. Also, looking at them does bring a certain beauty. I’ve written a couple of songs that they inspired that no one’s heard yet that I just think are so beautiful and so honest. I think it’s really going to be a positive thing for me in my career.”
A new song suggests there may be a new EP or album out next year. Is that the case?
“Of course, but we’re not going to just start plopping albums out so often that anything gets lost in the mix. I’m focused on the future and the future is songs. If I write a song I love, I’m going to put it out. That’s where I’m at right now with it. Right now, I’m on a roll. I feel good. I’m writing songs that I feel really good about. I feel very creative and I feel very excited to make music. With that said, I’m not going to over-saturate it, and make people not appreciate new music from Adelitas Way. I’m just going to release music as I’m feeling it. If there comes a time when I’m not feeling it, I’m not going to force songs.”
DeJesus suggests that the new album which they will record in early 2017 may be the last one for a while. He also notes that the direction of the new record will be more song-oriented and less raw, similar to the band’s self-titled debut and sophomore album, Home School Valedictorian. You can check out the full interview with Rick DeJesus below. He talks in greater depth about the next album, his thoughts on the presidential election, and where the music industry is heading. You can also watch the lyric video for “Ready for War (Pray for Peace)” and check our previous interview with Rick here.