Dishwalla Resurfaces With 'Opaline'
Modern rock act Dishwalla will release "Opaline," its first album in four years, April 23 on Los Angeles-based Immergent Records. The set's first single, "Somewhere in the Middle," will hit U.S. radioModern rock act Dishwalla will release "Opaline," its first album in four years, April 23 on Los Angeles-based Immergent Records. The set's first single, "Somewhere in the Middle," will hit U.S. radio outlets March 4. Beforehand, the group has lined up 10 West Coast tour dates, beginning tonight (Dec. 7) in Tucson, Ariz., and wrapping Dec. 21 in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dishwalla is perhaps best known for its 1996 smash hit "Counting Blue Cars," which appeared on 10 different Billboard charts and reached No. 1 and No. 2 on Billboard's Modern and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, respectively.
The A&M album from which it was drawn, "Pet Your Friends," went on to sell 500,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. But its 1998 follow-up, "And You Think You Know What," never got off the ground, debuting at No. 164 on The Billboard 200 and selling just 77,000 copies.
According to frontman JR Richards, the new album is "about the cleansing and healing processes. I think the themes are pretty universal -- going through things and hitting walls and falling down and getting back up and trying something else until you find happiness or the right situation. And we've done all those things, and are happy to be in the place we are now."
The band's deal with Immergent is a joint venture agreement, whereby it share all profits and ownership of the master recordings. Immergent is a division of the 5.1 Entertainment Group, which has released an extensive catalog of music on DVD. The company has also worked on projects with Everclear, Sting, and Eminem, among others.
Here are Dishwalla's tour dates:
Dec. 7: Tucson, Ariz. (the Rock)
Dec. 8: Phoenix (Mason Jar)
Dec. 10: San Francisco (Bottom of the Hill)
Dec. 11: San Jose, Calif. (the Usual)
Dec. 12: Santa Rosa, Calif. (Last Day Saloon)
Dec. 14: Seattle (I-Spy)
Dec. 15: Portland, Ore. (Berbati's Pan)
Dec. 16: Eugene, Ore. (Wild Duck)
Dec. 19: San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Coach House)
Dec. 21: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Velvet Jones)