After recording multiple albums, but keeping it all to themselves, Lloydminster rock group Dick Adams finally released their first album to the public online.
“We are always recording, but we haven’t really released anything,” said singer and guitarist Adam Firus. “It was pretty reasonable as far as song length. It was all easily digestible, listenable tracks. We just tried to get our best-quality stuff onto it.”
The album, A Whole New Era, is full of propulsive pop rock that swings from space disco to folk and blues with big, sing-along choruses.
The group, Adam Firus, bassist Richard Park and drummer Spencer Firus, were also joined on the album by singer Earl Stevenson and drummer Sean Morrison. The band has been privately prolific since first forming three years ago.
“Our first (album) was called Introducing Dick Adams and it was about 76 tracks on one CD and it’s a little bit too long to release,” he said. “We’ll see if we actually end up putting out parts of Introducing or we talked about doing a B-side of the last three years of Dick Adams tracks, but we’d have to sift through hundreds and hundreds of songs.”
The album was self-produced in the band’s home studio. Recording so many songs taught the band how to operate studio equipment, set up microphones and mix vocals. Firus says the new album is the culmination of their studio experiments.
Firus said some of the songs begin written on sheets of music, while other are spawned during the course of jam sessions. There are no immediate plans to bring the album to a live audience, but they do have another album in the works.
“Starting in March we’re going to be working on another one. We’re always working on something. For (New Era), for example, we sifted through about 25 tracks to get those 10, so we’ll be working on the next one, trying to refine it,” Firus said. “There are a lot of new tracks and we do go back and rewrite some of them, but it’s mostly just moving forward, the next one’s going to be the good one. That’s going to be the best song we ever did.”
The album can be downloaded or streamed online at dickadams.bandcamp.com.