Ladada - Heaven on the Rocks
Format: 12" Vinyl
Run: 500 (Translucent Red Vinyl)
Design: Josiah Schlater
Release Date: March 22, 2019
Heaven on the Rocks is the first full-length LP from Ladada, coming on the heels of their self-titled and Hi Five EPs. The title stems from a misunderstood conversation when frontman Josiah Schlater asked for “Evan, on the rocks.” A few months later during a tubing trip down the James River, seemingly floating through paradise, rocks would scrape their backs at random. Peace and solace interrupted by shouts of pain from across the water.
01. Ladada - B
02. Ladada - Heaven On The Rocks
03. Ladada - Western Wash
04. Ladada - Dynamic Dogs
05. Ladada - Viva Jam
06. Ladada - Float Away
07. Ladada - Earth Jam
08. Ladada - Endless Summer III
09. Ladada - My Van
10. Ladada - Diva
11. Ladada - The Tao
12. Ladada - Oh Love
"Ladada are a Virginia Beach based band fronted by Josiah Schlater, who has recorded and toured in Mae, We Are Trees, and Jake Clemons. For the past four years he's been making music on his own, a shimmering kind of retro-fuzz pop that pulls from both 60's soul and garage rock."
"Immediately you’ll hear the band’s raucous throwback sound, made fresh with subtle hooks and bubbling movement from the rhythm section. What I like a great deal, and what gets the band lumped in with new-psych is there tempo switch, changing the direction of the song, albeit for a brief moment; it is light and sunny and sets up the band’s noisy shuffle to the song’s boisterous ending."
- Austin Town Hall
"For this track, however, take a deep breath – a very deep breath. Then make sure you’re not driving or even cutting up vegetables because you will find yourself feeling and possibly doing exactly what Ladada say on their newest single. You will “Float Away” this fantastic psychedelic art-rock tune."
- The Revue
"Between wistful, summery surf rock, vibrant psychedelia and straightforward garage rock comes the wonderful hazy sound of Virginia Beach-based band, Ladada, and a set of singles that lead to their upcoming debut full length"
- destroy // exist
"(A) sunny, garage-pop jam full of wailing guitar leads and jangly rhythm tracks."
"When all else fails you can beat a piece of propulsive indie rock. In this case we get the added allure of dreamy sequences. It calls to mind the Dandy Warhols but perhaps with a foot pressed harder on the pedal. ‘The Tao’ is wind in your hair stuff with intricate playing and crucially nuance to go with the helter shelter romance happening all around."
- MP3 Hugger