Dada Ante Portas

Dada Ante Portas

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Steady Rock'n'Roll & heartfelt ballads: Gold-awarded for the latest album “The Theory Of Everything” and known for their greatest strength: to storm the stage and let it really rock! if you fancy sweaty rockshows incl. big feelings, one of Switzerland's most famous band is ready to rock the show!

Biography

The History of Everything (3:48)

Pee Wirz, vocals

Luc Le Bo, guitars/vocals

Lukas Schaller, guitars

Thommy Lauper, drums

Intro

Lucerne's got just one bank HQ and that's for the Kantonalbank. The only chemicals you'll find are in the pharmacy. And ever since Napoleon named Lucerne the capital of Switzerland, much water has flowed under the bridge. In other words, Lucerne has not got a lot going for it — compared, say, to Zurich, Basel or Bern. Yes, it is a nice part of the world here, but otherwise? Well, otherwise, over the past few years, Lucerne has blossomed into Switzerland's top address for rock music (except mundart rock aka dialect rock). At least, that is what the various branches of the media have been saying. Provincial rock apparently having more street-cred than metropolitan rock. And that, of course, only goes to increase the pressure of expectation on the biggest band on that much-praised scene.

Refrain

DADA ANTE PORTAS are now releasing their fifth studio album. OK, OK, all bands happen to think that their latest album is the best-ever. Yet that has never been so true as with THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. The lads from Lucerne really did bring all their experience and all their ability to bear before wiping the slate clean and starting all over again. And then, as if like new-born, they spat out their fabulous songs on to tape. Which is just what the album sounds like: savvy, fresh, upbeat. An album that sounds like a debut — and not just because the line-up has changed.

Verse 1

For about ten years now, DADA ANTE PORTAS have been going their own way, unperturbed. Or almost unperturbed. During and after production of the previous album Superbixen, the band members were having huge rows but somehow managed to pull themselves together for the tour. "If we ultimately hadn't been good mates, we'd have been at one at one another's throats", Luc recalls. "Yes", says Pee, "Without that basic friendship, we'd have ended up hating one another and split up on the classic grounds of 'artistic differences". Thommy adds: "it was all that classic ego-crap. Each of us was always in the right". Whatever. At the end of the Superbixen tour, bass player Mitch Prest quit. He'd had enough. "It wasn't easy", Lukas continues, "but jacking it in was never on my agenda. Grooving with my own band, that's all I've ever wanted to do". And so, following night-long discussions in low-down bars, not to mention a log cabin in the Bündner mountains, it eventually transpired that Pee Wirz, Thommy Lauper, Luc Le Bo and Lukas Schaller had not yet had enough of one another, nor of rock'n'roll, nor of the search for big melodies. "With Mitch quitting like that, some decrepit structures went as well and we were able to tackle our fifth studio album with all the enthusiasm of scene newcomers", says Lukas who took the bass part for the interim. By rehearsing for days on end and jamming for nights on end in their own studio, the band laid down countless song ideas, discarded some and tightened up others.

Verse 2

To supervise the recording sessions, DADA ANTE PORTAS finally chose the Hanover-based Italian producer Fabio Trentini (Donots, Sasha, Guano Apes). But also because the all-out Beatles and Police fan plays a mean bass and Lukas was itching to get back to guitar. "When Fabio came to our studio and I could play guitar again and he could take the bass part, the joint, well, really rocked", he says. One thing is clear: DADA ANTE PORTAS are aiming on stage to give it more gas but without sacrificing melody, nuance and ballad. "Live, it's simply cooler to let it rock", says singer Pee " and that, at the end of the day, is what has always been our greatest strength: to storm the stage and let it really rock". A strength, please note, that DADA ANTE PORTAS have never before quite captured on tape as with the ease of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING.

Under Fabio's supervision, then, the boys from Lucerne have recorded in Hanover a CD that highlights everything they do best. There is the venom of The Erratic Rage of the Prey and Be Ashamed. There is the sumptuousness of Another Promise and Leave for Good. The wonderful guitar riffs on Tick Tock Attack duel with the folk-picking of Mexico and the pop stomp of Bloom. In Taking Your Love, there's even a Police snatch. Which at first caused the producer to belly-ache. "Do we really have to do that? All my pals will think I made you do it!" Well, let it be said loud and clear: Taking Your Love is one of the best rock songs of recent years.

Intermezzo

In October 1997, DADA ANTE PORTAS played their first gig at the Zwischenbühne in Horw/Lucerne. After approx. 100 concerts, they released their debut album Playin Hooky (2001) which made 44th place in the Swiss charts. They then played 60 concerts in Switzerland and Germany before recording Bound for Nowhere (2002, 15th place), Seasons Change (2004, 3rd place) and Superbixen (2006, 4

Lyrics

I Just Wanna Dance

Written By: Wirz / Bachmann

I Just Wanna Dance
Music: Bachmann, Lauper, Schaller, Wirz
Lyrics: Wirz, Bachmann

Uh uh uh uh
Uh uh uh uh

The news today ain’t nothing new to me at all
The same old shit again the greed, the war it’s all the same

Burning cars and wounded
Melting ice and droughts
The end of the world is nearing
So I’ll be sending out a message to you all

I read the news today bout a world of gray
Somebody's dropping bombs on an earthquake
I read the news today bout a world of gray
Somebody's dropping bombs on an earthquake
And I just wanna dance - uh uh uh uh

The world is still unfair – every channel a new nightmare
If I bury my head in shame who shoulders all the blame ?

I'd rather dance to the music
Calm you down with moves
Let's dance and ride this storm out
And we can send out a message to them all

I read the news today bout a world of gray
Somebody's dropping bombs on an earthquake
I read the news today bout a world of gray
Somebody's dropping bombs on an earthquake
And I just wanna dance - uh uh uh uh
And I just wanna dance – uh uh uh uh

There's no need for me to grieve
I dance for free please look at me

Dance to enhance the romance in the world and stop mopin’ around
Dance to enhance the romance in the world and stop mopin’ around

One leg to the right, one leg to the left
One leg to the right, one leg to the left
One leg to the right, one leg to the left
One leg to the right, this is a message to you all...

I read the news today bout a world of gray
Somebody's dropping bombs on an earthquake
I read the news today bout a world of gray
It tore me down like on any other day
And I just wanna dance - uh uh uh uh
And I just wanna dance – uh uh uh uh
And I just wanna dance – uh uh uh uh...

Taking Your Love

Written By: Wirz

Taking your love
Music: Wirz, Bachmann
Lyrics: Wirz

I’m taking your love
Cuz it’s all I need
The only thing
And it’s helping me breathe

I don’t know how to start but I beg you to listen
Cuz so many love songs begin when it’s done
The beauty of you out shines my self-doubts
And still I’m caught in a catch 22

How do I come to my senses

I’m taking your love
Cuz it’s all I need
The only thing
And it’s helping me breathe

It’s the love that you give
It’s the love that you live
It’s making me sing
Like a word on a wing
Cuz your love is the gift of my life

A pocketful of simple pleasures
That everyone should be able to bare
Is it too loud – or is it ok when I shout it to your heart?

God help me come to my senses

I’m taking your love
Cuz it’s all I need
The only thing
And it’s helping me breathe

It’s the love that you give
It’s the love that you live
It’s making me sing
Like a word on a wing

I’m taking your love
Cuz it’s all I need
The only thing
And it’s helping me breathe

It’s the love that you give
It’s the love that you live
It’s making me feel
Like I’m spreading my wings...
Cuz you’re the gift of my life
Now I’m taking your love
Cuz it’s all I need
The only thing
And it’s helping me breathe

It’s the love that you give
It’s the love that you live
It’s making me sing
Like a word on a wing

I’m taking your love
Cuz it’s all I need
The only thing
And it’s helping me breathe

It’s the love that you give
It’s the love that you live
I would have been lost
If you hadn’t been here
Cuz your love is the gift of my life

Another Promise

Written By: Wirz

Another Promise
Music: Wirz
Lyrics: Wirz

Another gloomy day has passed
Another night without her coming
I will love her to the last
But she left me forever

Another day, another misery
Another chance beneath your dignity

But I won't be fighting you know I would die for you
Cheating and lying you know I could hide for you
But what else can I do

Another dreary hour has passed
And I'm still staring at the doorsteps
Just a glimmer of the past
One last tie that I can’t sever

Another sip, another glass again
The wine and I are numbing all the pain

But I won't be fighting you know I would die for you
Cheating and lying you know I could hide for you
But what else can I do

But I won't be fighting you know I would die for you
Cheating and lying you know I could hide for you
But what else can I do

But I won't be fighting you know I would die for you
Cheating and lying you know I could hide for you
But what else can I do

The Erratic Rage Of The Prey

Written By: Wirz, Bachmann

The Erratic Rage Of The Prey
Music: Bachmann
Lyrics: Wirz, Bachmann

I wasn’t ready for the knife or the kicks or the cuff
I wasn’t ready for the roughness I wasn’t tough
I wasn’t ready for my hatred later to grow

I wanted him dead
Torture him long and cruel
Erratic rage of the prey

I lie awake in bed
Self - contempt was anger’s fuel
Erratic rage of the prey

I am so ready for the bitter and the awful revenge
I am already in the basement gettin’ the wrench
I am so ready for the judgment day to come

I wanted him dead
Torture him long and cruel
Erratic rage of the prey

I lie awake in bed
Self - contempt was anger’s fuel
Erratic rage of the prey

I wanted this scum
Torture him long and cruel
Erratic rage of the prey

But when the day has come
Self – respect is calm and cool, is calm and cool

A rage can sometimes lead...

I wanted this scum
Show him what he’s done
Torture him long and cruel
Erratic rage of the prey

But when the day has come
Self – respect is calm and cool
Erratic rage of the prey

I wanted him dead
Torture him long and cruel
Erratic rage of the prey

I lie awake in bed
Self - contempt was anger’s fuel, was anger’s fuel...

Bloom

Written By: Schaller

Bloom
Music: Schaller /Lyrics: Schaller

Put it down on a shelf
Take it one by one, you know that it’s alright

I cannot live by the book
Cause my heart will know which way we have to go

Didn’t really want to hurt you I was blind
Can’t rely on things to save themselves you see

Cause it’s this way, if we want it
And it’s this way out of here

And it’s this way, we’ll make it
This love will lead and bloom

Yeah this way, we’ll make it
Let our love lead and bloom
Just lead and bloom

Leave it there on the shelf
Loose your hold of the past we’ll be alright

I take a leaf out of your book
Cause your heart just knows which way we have to go

Didn’t really want to hurt you another time
Can’t rely on things to save themselves you see

Cause it’s this way, if we want it
And it’s this way out of here

And this way, we’ll make it
This love will lead and bloom

Cause it’s this way, if we want it
And it’s this way out of here

And it’s this way, we’ll make it
This love will lead and bloom

This love will lead and bloom
This love will lead and bloom
This love will lead and bloom
This love will lead and bloom
Will lead and bloom...

Leave For Good

Written By: Wirz, Bachmann

Leave for good
Music: Wirz
Lyrics: Wirz, Bachmann

I think I'll leave for good now
And shake off your disguise
To find a new sunrise
Cuz I'm dying

White lies – is this how you hide
Your little secrets to sustain my pride?
White lives and twisted amends
Is all I get from you and so called friends

It's all around me – everybody's fake
It's all around me – your fake

I think I'll leave for good now
And shake off your disguise
To find a new sunrise
Cuz I'm dying
It's time to say my farewell
I've got to leave my town
It's time to shut it down
All this lying

White lies – of legal despair
To deceive the people who should care
White noise – is all I can hear
Everyone is listening with half an ear

It's all around me – everybody's fake
It's all around me – your fake

I think I'll leave for good now
And shake off your disguise
To find a new sunrise
Cuz I'm dying
It's time to say my farewell
I've got to say goodbye
No more alibis
For your lying

I think I'll leave for good now
And shake off your disguise
To find a new sunrise
Cuz I'm dying

I think I'm gone for good
Gonna shake off your disguise
To find a new sunrise
Oh I'm dying
It's all about denial
I’ve got to say goodbye, no more alibis for your lying...

Dance Beside The Moon

Written By: Dada Ante Portas

Dance Beside The Moon

Too late too soon but late or soon i wanna dance beside the moon
Too late too soon but late or soon i wanna dance beside the moon

Now the days are short, like a news report
I have to say I don`t like it

Like a frozen lake, shell of a broken egg
It`s a problem walkin` over it

So take a look around your head and you don`t care
I`m walkin` in my bed
I`m lazy
The weather is a bitch, hangin` in the haze
Like a football beggin`for a date

Too late too soon but late or soon i wanna dance beside the moon
Too late too soon but late or soon i wanna dance beside the moon

Broken up needs glue and what is wrong you fool
Your ignorance is my tool
Your stupidity, your credibility
I really don`t care about it.

So take your preachy speech and make it underwear
Start believin` in the words you say
The table is a friend dancin` hand in hand
I`m writin` on it and I`m writin` right for you

Too late too soon but late or soon i wanna dance beside the moon
Too late too soon but late or soon i wanna dance beside the moon

I_m A Lover

Written By: Pee, Beau

I`m A Lover

she`s underneath the limit of contemporary being
but doesn`t fit the model of a skinny mode`queen
she`ll never make the cover of a fashion magazine
but she got all she`ll ever need if you know
what i mean

yeah, i wanna see her again
yeah, i wanna meet her again
yeah, i wanna see her again
but i don`t wanna be her friend
i`m a lover

walking on the rail of a 20 story bridge
she doesn`t have a care walking there on the edge
people start screaming when she jumps
into the river
at first i wanna follow but the thought
gave me a shiver

yeah, i wanna see her again
yeah i wanna meet her again
yeah i wanna see her again
but i don`t wanna be her friend
i`m a lover

i don`t know if i`m ever gonna see her again
but just in case she reappears i`ve
learned to swim
i don`t waste a minute stripping down to my skin
i kiss the ground, shake it off, and man
i`m jumping in

yeah, i wanna see her again
yeah, i wanna meet her again
yeah, i wanna see her again
but i don`t wanna be her friend
i`m a lover (x 6)

yeah!

She Cries For Someone Else

Written By: Wirz

She Cries For Someone Else
(Music: Wirz/Bachmann / Words: Wirz)

Don’t try to feed me with
Kinda completely meaningless
Thoughtfullness
It’s been nothing but pain
And permanent rain
I’ve been falling down on my face

Don’t try to laugh with me
My photograph will be bitterness
Emptiness
She’s been gone with her grace
Without an embrace
I’m still missing her in my place

It’s o.k. if she speaks to another
It’s o.k. if she’s gone for a while
But I try to ignore that…now

She cries for someone else
now she cries for someone else
now she cries for someone else
now who should I cry for ?

Don’t try to light up my day
Cause this brightness wouldn‘t stay
Anyway
She’s been gone for a while and I
Pray for a smile
While I’m slippin‘ through this denial

It’s o.k. if she walks with another
It’s o.k. if she stays for a while
But I try to ignore that…now

She cries for someone else
now she cries for someone else
now she cries for someone else
now she cries for someone else

Now she cries for someone else
now she cries for someone else
now she cries for someone else
now who should I cry for?

Drive

Written By: Wirz

Drive
(Music: Bachmann / Words: Wirz)

Uh, uh, uhuhuh
Uh, uh, uhuhuh
Uh, uh, uhuhuh
Uh, uh, uhuhuh

I drive alone along the open road
Windows open and the music’s loud
Always thought of leaving anyway
Think I’ll be gone to stay…

I ain’t sleeping ‘til the nightime falls
Eyes are burning signs are getting small
Always thought of heading east or west I
Wish I knew what’s best

Uh, uh, uh, really leaving now
Uh, uh, uh, coming back no how
Uh, uh, uh, feeling so alive
Cuz I break down when I…

Still I’m driving on the open road
Twilightzone LA radio mode
Feeling angry at the whole wide world
For breaking down my girl

Chevy bring me to a better place
Somewhere I can find a friendly face
I’m driving ‘til I gotta soul to steal
Someone who won’t conceal

Uh, uh, uh, really leaving now
Uh, uh, uh, coming back no how
Uh, uh, uh, feeling so alive
Cuz I break down when I drive

I wanna get you out of my mind
I wanna get you out of my mind
I wanna get you out of my mind
I wanna get you out of my mind

Uh, uh, uh, really leaving now
Uh, uh, uh, coming back no how
Uh, uh, uh, feeling so alive
Uh, uh, uh really leaving now

Uh, uh, uhuhuh
Uh, uh, uhuhuh
Uh, uh, uhuhuh

Cuz I break down when I
I break down when I
I break down when I DRIVE!

Me And My Friend

Written By: Wirz

Me And My Friend
By Pee

What a friend I had in you – I remember vividly
I thank you very much indeed for the good old days we had

You were always my best friend – fine and true
Cheering me up when I was feeling blue

Me and my friend were better than the rest
Me and my friend were simply the best
Me and my friend tried to conquer all the world
Beginning to the end, just me and my friend

I have lost track of what he’s doing nowadays
The last thing I have heard was he was wandering in a haze

Does he think of all the bets – that we made
We never grew out of all the games we played

Me and my friend were better than the rest
Me and my friend were simply the best
Me and my friend tried to conquer all the world
Beginning to the end, just me and my friend

A friend is someone special
A friend is friend forever
A friend is someone special
A friend is friend forever

Time moved slowly
When you were there
I’m saying thanks
For being there

Me and my friend were better than the rest
Me and my friend were simply the best
Me and my friend tried to conquer all the world
Beginning to the end, just me and my friend

And When She Smiled

Written By: Wirz

And When She Smiled
By Pee

It’s peaceful here
By the old oak tree
A box of letters in my hand
I won’t stand

Lost and faint
All because of her
I like to sit here anyway
I sing and sway

My mind can wander
Back to those days
When we lay and listened to
Sarah’s songs

And when she smiled
You’d believe in grace
She spread her sunshine to the sad
And made them fine and glad

And when she smiled
I would wanna stay
She lit up every gloomy place
With the beauty of her face

Still sitting here
Under our old tree
Reading all the lovely words
She left for me

Wondering
Where her journey ends
No matter where she’s smiling now
Her love descends

And when she smiled
You’d believe in grace
She spread her sunshine to the sad
And made them fine and glad

And when she smiled
I would wanna stay
She lit up every gloomy place
With the beauty of her face

I would risk a thousand deaths
If I could kiss her once again
How could her smile shine like the sun
If only I could see

And when she smiled
She gave us a lot
To light up all the dismal days
She smiled for everyone

And when she smiled
She would welcome you
With all her loving smiles and ways
I wish she could be here

Discography

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2008)

SUPERBIXEN (2006)

SEASONS CHANGE (2004)

BOUND FOR NOWHERE (2002)

PLAYING HOOKY (2001)

Set List

We can play different sets; from half an hour til 90 minutes. We don't play covers.
An example of a setlist:

1. I Just Wanna Dance
2. I’m A Lover
3. The Erratic Rage Of The Prey

4. Another Promise
5. Save My Name
6. Build Of Sand
7. Tic Toc – Attack
8. Hazy Paint

9. And When She Smiled
10.She Cries For Someone Else

11. Complicated / No Scheme
12. Please Torture Other Men / West
End Blues
12. Taking Your Love
13. Drive
14. Be Ashamed

16. Mexico
17. Bloom
18. Leave For Good