Joie Calio knows the “sweet spot” when he feels it.
The singer-bassist along with vocalist-guitarist Michael Gurley and drummer Phil Leavitt haven’t toured as dada for four years. But when they were rehearsing, they clicked and knew it was time to return to the road. Dada is sharing the bill with Calio and Leavitt’s 7Horse and Gene Pool at The Rogue Bar on Wednesday, March 8.
“This is a good combination of people,” Calio says via telephone from Leavitt’s house. “That helps. It helps that we have a good catalog to draw from right now. I don’t sit around listening to dada records right now. Sometimes when I do, though, I think, is that really us?”
Mostly he’s speaking of “Puzzle,” dada’s debut album that was released on September 8, 1992. Its first single, the rollicking “Dizz Knee Land,” found widespread airplay on alternative and mainstream rock outlets cracking the Top 5 on the Modern Rock Singles’ chart and pushing the album’s sales to more than 1 million worldwide.
The music industry has changed, obviously, in the last 25 years.
“You get a 7Horse song on a movie, TV commercial or show and it’s great. Don’t get me wrong,” he says. “It’s not the same as when dada came out 25 years ago.
“Dada could participate in the radio game. But now, it’s not really working for a band that’s not 20 years old and out of the Disney factory, or hip hop or something like that.
“It’s gotten really tight. I wonder if the radio game is even the way to go right now. I’m happy that both bands are still going. 7Horse, as a band, is still organically growing and we are writing. With dada, we have this great catalog to draw from. I don’t know if dada would ever make a new record.”
He acknowledges that it would be “cool,” but all of the participants would have to align and have enough time. It takes a lot of time and effort to write and record an album, he says. But with 7Horse, they’re locked in.
The year 2017 is a busy one for Calio. He’s hoping that dada will do another tour. 7Horse’s aforementioned fourth album is set to be recorded in Northern California.
“It’s kind of a retreat in Sonoma, California,” he says. “The owner is a great guy. He’s helpful and musical—and he’s got great gear. For me, I’m a gear nerd and it’s a fun place to go.”
But for right now, Calio is looking forward to closing out the dada tour at The Rogue Bar.
“We’re just trying to be good,” he says. “We’re trying to do what we were always lucky enough to do, which is playing together and playing well.”
Dada w/7Horse and Gene Pool, The Rogue Bar, 423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.947.3580, theroguebar.com, 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, $25.