For Immediate Release: June 20, 2018
Ladada is the widely acclaimed surf-rock/psych project fronted by Virginia Beach musician Josiah Schlater (Mae, We Are Trees, Jake Clemons). His self-titled debut EP, released back in 2014 on Gold Robot Records, won praise from Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, and Wondering Sound for its exquisitely composed and undeniably infectious lively and sun-drenched songs, which take inspiration from early Motown and 60s garage rock. "Songs like these come along every once in a while and cannot be overlooked" (Indie Shuffle).
In 2016 Ladada released the Hi Five EP, which borrowed the secret sauce from one of Schlater's punk projects, BAMM BAMM. Heartbreaking Bravery raved about the EP, saying, "Song after song, hook after hook, Hi Five sees Ladada proving themselves to be a serious force. As a standalone EP, it's a revitalizing piece of music. As part of the band's discography, it's undoubtedly positioned itself as a calling card for years to come."
This fall, Ladada will release their long-awaited debut full length album. The title--Heaven on the Rocks--stems from a misunderstood conversation between a bartender and Schlater, who had asked for "Evan, on the rocks," and from a tubing trip down the James River with a group of friends. While seemingly floating through paradise, rocks would scrape backs at random, and Schlater was struck by the peace and solace that was occasionally interrupted by shouts of pain from across the water.
"Heaven on the Rocks is a state of existence. You're floating through life, going through everyday activities, loving everything and everyone, pushing forward, and then BOOM! A rock hits; car troubles; relationship issues; unprovoked violence; political turmoil." Says Schlater, "There are a myriad of short-term remedies for the pain, and this album is one of them: Heaven on the Rocks.”
Heaven on the Rocks will be released this fall on Gold Robot Records. The title track is streaming today at Post-Trash and will be available on Spotify this Friday. Ladada is on Facebook and Bandcamp.
"A shimmering kind of retro-fuzz pop that pulls
from both 60's soul and garage roc."
"The '60s crossed with the '90s, delivered with an immediacy that feels like right now."
"A blissful trip down a calm, winding river... Gorgeous, languid..."
- WONDERING SOUND
"Bursting with jangling guitars and a peppy melody, the track's ramshackle charm will have you hooked in no time."
- CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
This lovely bubblegum pop jam is exquisitely composed, and presents an undeniably infectious tune... Songs like these come along every once in a while and cannot be overlooked."
- INDIE SHUFFLE
"Whether it's the half-paranoid lyrics, the scintillating guitar work, or the rhythm section's tendencies to veer off into near-tribal territor, 'Hi Five' finds myriad ways to stake out its position as a standout release."
- HEARTBREAKING BRAVERY