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Rock Band dada Celebrates 25th Anniversary with U.S. Tour and First New Singles in Over a Decade; M Music & Musicians Magazine Interviews Drummer/Singer Phil Leavitt
(Published: July 06, 2017)

For Immediate Release                                                                                                   
July 5, 2017

Rock Band dada Celebrates 25th Anniversary with U.S. Tour and First New Singles in Over a Decade

M Music & Musicians Magazine Interviews Drummer/Singer Phil Leavitt

Rock band dada is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a U.S. tour and its first new singles in over a decade.

The newly recorded tracks, entitled "The Bluebird" and "Take Me to the Song", will get a collector's edition ‘double A side' vinyl 45 pressing, in limited edition and signed by the band, with further details to be announced soon.

In a pair of new interviews below, drummer/singer Phil Leavitt brings fans up to date on dada news, and also previews the band's upcoming ‘dadaforever' tour, which includes U.S. dates in July and September. A full itinerary follows.

The Publisher of M Music & Musicians Magazine spoke with Leavitt, and the lengthy interview feature is here:
By Merlin David, June 2017

Leavitt was also interviewed by
Eponymous Review, here: 
By Laurie Fanelli, 6/26/17

In the years since their debut album ‘Puzzle' and its smash single ‘Dizz Knee Land,' dada -- singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt -- has established itself as a live act to be reckoned with...a trio known for its extraordinary musicianship, ear for atmospheric songwriting, melodic hooks and tight harmonies (delivered via Gurley and Calio's overlapping vocals). At times described as pop, alternative, progressive or experimental, dada is at its core a kick-ass three-piece rock band, ready to play anywhere, anytime, and to deliver epic shows for its fans.

The trio's bond with their audience is forged by mutual respect and in an elemental sense of connectedness. Leavitt commented, "We called the tour dadaforever because we wanted our fans to know we still believe and will always be there."

dada's new singles were recorded during April 2017 at The Waystation in Los Angeles, and were engineered and co-Produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner David Way (Pink, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, more). AAA radio impact date for "The Bluebird" is 8/14 and its digital release date will be 8/25. "Take Me To The Song" is set for 9/22 digital release.

On all tour dates, and as referenced in the interviews above, the rock/blues duo 7Horse (comprised of dada's Calio and Leavitt,) will perform a mini-set within each show.

dadaforever Tour Dates:
Jul 11    Viper Room               West Hollywood, CA          
Jul 12    Slim's                        San Francisco, CA          
Jul 13    Harlow's                   Sacramento, CA          
Jul 15    Dante's                     Portland, OR          
Jul 16    The Triple Door       Seattle, WA          
Jul 18    Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe    Stateline, NV
Sept 2    Globe Hall               Denver, CO
Sept 5    Schubas                   Chicago, IL
Sept 6    Southgate House Revival              Newport, KY
Sept 7    Diesel                      Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 9    Café Nine                New Haven, CT
Sept 10   Once Ballroom       Somerville, MA
Sept 12   The Met                 Pawtucket, RI
Sept 13   Rockwood Music Hall       New York City
Sept 14   The Wonder Bar     Asbury Park, NJ
Sept 15   World Café Live     Philadelphia, PA
Sept 16   Rams Head Live     Baltimore, MD
Sept 17   State Theatre        Falls Church, VA
Sept 19   The Norva              Norfolk, VA
Sept 20   Pour House Music Hall                  Raleigh, NC
Sept 21   Smith's Olde Bar    Atlanta, GA
Sept 22   The Merry Widow  Mobile, AL
Sept 23   House of Blues Parish Room        New Orleans, LA
Sept 24   White Oak Music Hall Upstairs     Houston, TX
Sept 26   Rockhouse Live Memphis Memphis, TN
Sept 27   High Watt               Nashville, TN
Oct 1      Rogue Bar                Scottsdale, AZ

Stay up-to-date as more dada concerts are added: http://dadaforever.com/#tourdates

More about dada:
Since the release of dada's groundbreaking 1992 debut Puzzle, the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with inspired psychedelic and experimental rock impulses. Adding to the trio's groundbreaking line of attack are the marathon-length shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind.
Two decades after the Los Angeles outfit embarked on its singular journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating dada's 25th anniversary.
"dada is about digging into our roots, examining and celebrating it." Says Calio
Puzzle was released on September 8, 1992, and it didn't take long for the band's sonic imprint to find an audience. The album's first single "Dizz Knee Land" found widespread airplay on alternative and mainstream rock outlets cracking the Top 5 on the Modern Rock Single's chart and pushing the album's sales to over 1,000,000 worldwide. The band was soon touring around the globe, opening for the celebrated likes of Crowded House, Depeche Mode and Sting.
"People always ask, ‘Do you still talk to each other after all these years?' So that's really why I wanted to commemorate it because no matter the size of the career if you can stick together and still have a desire to play music together you have accomplished something" explains Leavitt.
Dada was founded when Gurley and Calio began writing songs and performing as an acoustic duo in the late ‘80s. But from the beginning, their approach was unique amidst the onslaught of ‘90s bands featuring lead singers and mostly generic backing bands.
"Joie and I were both lead singers. But we really found quickly that harmonies were going to be a big strength for us," recalled Gurley, noting both he and Calio are fans of Simon & Garfunkel's pioneering harmonies.
Gurley noted that once they recruited Leavitt, they were able to blend the thunderous power of trios such as Cream with the artful harmony-minded songcraft of Simon & Garfunkel.
The success of Puzzle was followed in 1994 by American Highway Flower, featuring the ambitious "Ask the Dust" and astounding "Feet to the Sun," dada has gone on to create a magnificent discography featuring a half-dozen full-length albums and an EP. The trio has also issued a number of solo efforts and offshoot projects along the way exploring a range of styles including folk, blues, jazz and rock. Gurley and Leavitt were both members of Butterfly Jones while dada was on hiatus in the early ‘00s; Calio has released several solo discs and with X Levitation Cult. Mike Gurley and the Nightcaps are a popular jazz group in Southern California.
Additionally, Leavitt has stepped out from behind the drum set as lead singer and Calio is playing guitar in 7Horse, a psychedelic blues project that has released 3 albums to date. Bringing a stripped-down approach, 7Horse cuts to the bone and identifies core feelings and phrases in their music. Their latest effort Livin' In A Bitch of A World was released earlier this year. Their debut album Let The 7Horse Run spawned the hit song Meth Lab Zoso Sticker, which was chosen by Martin Scorsese for his film The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, it's had over 1.2 million views, 5.5 million streams and over 100,000 downloads.
Long-time and new fans of dada all have one thing in common; they are passionate about the band and have a deep connection with its three members.

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