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‘s new single, “California Dreamin,” debuted this week – its FIRST WEEK at  – at – the highest debut of the week.

A bold opener with towering chorus hooks and slipshod grooves, “‘” features smoking guitar solos bookended by riffs and hooks.  Lyrically, the single puts a different spin on the idea of California as the promised land: vocalist/lyricist drew on the tough times he faced after moving west in the early 2010s to craft a bittersweet cautionary tale that hints at personal and emotional turbulence.

“Lots of people come out to California, chasing a dream, and sometimes, people just don’t make it,” said LaBelle.  “California isn’t always the ‘land of milk and honey,’ dreams don’t always come true here, and that’s the perspective this song and video take.  The video is a dream through California that showcases the good, the bad and the ugly.”

– LaBelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist , and drummer Corey Coverstone – planned to record the with producer (, ), who had produced the band’s EP; but the day before the band was due to fly to to track the album, Los Angeles entered lockdown due to the pandemic and traveling was off the table. Still keen to work with DiDia, they came with a Plan B:  record the full-length at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with DiDia beamed into the proceedings via the magic of modern technology.

Having to switch gears delayed the start of recording slightly, although this extra time ended being a boon. rented a rehearsal space and demoed the ’s songs in advance, meaning the tracks were in good shape when DiDia came onboard. “If we had gone when we were supposed to in March, we wouldn’t have had as many songs,” Smolian says. “We did a lot of rehearsing and got tighter as a band.  Except for Marc’s lyrics, everything was pretty much written by the time we got into the studio, there really wasn’t a lot of, ‘Let’s try this, let’s try that.’ It was more about capturing takes.”
Although the pandemic has thrown some obstacles in the way, knows that pushing through those tough times will only them come out stronger on the other side.
WATCH the California Dreamin’ HERE.


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