A film titled Sorority Row with a cast of hot young L.A. starlets including Caroline D’Amore and Audrina Partridge – who better to write a hit song for it than the good-time guys in Shwayze?
“I used to date Caroline—of course,” says Cisco Adler with a laugh. Adler, of course, has been linked to the likes of Kimberly Stewart, Mischa Barton and Paris Hilton, but he’s also the son of famed producer Lou Adler (The Mamas & the Papas), and is one half of the hit-making duo Shwayze—along with rapper Aaron Smith, who also happens to go by the nickname Shwayze.
Best known for their hits Buzzin and Corona and Lime, off their 2008 self-titled debut, the guys are back with the new album Let It Beat, set for release in November, and the first single Get U Home, which is prominently featured in Sorority Row. The catchy song, which Adler calls a “big pop-rock jam”, tells the tale of a lusty rendez-vous with a party girl in a bathroom.
“It’s about just not being able to wait,” says Adler, to which he and Shwayze both burst into a fit of giggles. “I think we’ve both—on separate occasions—been in a bathroom doing something like this, whether it’s in a club or even on an airplane. Or even at home. Sometimes you’re like, ‘let’s go to the bathroom baby, the bed’s a little boring.’”
And though the guys’ own college experiences were brief, they’ve had fun living out the collegiate experience while on tour, further earning their stripes as party boys, though they say they’ve matured—at least as musicians.
“The last album was a day at the beach, this one was when the sun goes down and the freaks come out,” explains Adler, who says their evolution is the result of touring. “We’ve been around the world and so we wanted to throw in all the influences that we’ve heard. Let It Beat is like let it beat, let it bang a little harder.”
Shwayze says their sound has been categorized as “summertime music,” and with the new album they’re ready to prove there’s a lot more they can do. “It was cool because we’re from Cali, but we wanted diversity this time,” he says. “I wanted to expand the sound as much as I could. We brought in people we were fans of, like Snoop Dogg and Ric Ocasek.”
The Cars frontman co-produced a track with Adler, an experience that left the guys a bit gobsmacked in the studio. “Shwayze and I are looking at each other going why are we in Electric Lady Studios with Ric Ocasek?” says Adler with a laugh. “And why am I playing the guitar he played in the Cars?”
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Let It Beat also features contributions from hip-hop duo The Knux and Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, and the guys are loving playing the new songs live. Says Shwayze, “We just want to keep on living the dream and keep on living it up.”
Check out Shwayze on tour:
House Of Blues
House Of Blues
Iowa City, IA
University Of Iowa
Appearing at "West Beach Music & Arts Festival"
Santa Barbara, CA
House Of Blues
East Lansing, MI
New Haven, CT
South Hackensack, NJ
School of Rock East
New York, NY
Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel