They grow up so fast these days. It seems like it was just four years ago that vocalist Alex DeLeon and bassist Cash Colligan were Las Vegas high school students recording home demos, posting them on their MySpace page and assembling the first version of The Cab. And it seems like it was just two years ago that they ran into Panic at the Disco drummer Spencer Smith at a Cobra Starship concert and passed him a demo, which led to The Cab’s contract with Fueled by Ramen imprint Decaydence Records before they had even graduated from high school.
Wait, that was two years ago. They really do grow up fast these days.
Since their 2007 signing to Decaydence, The Cab has opened for Panic at the Disco and Fall Out Boy, wrecked its tour van, played SXSW, co-wrote its first single, “One of THOSE Nights” with Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump (who played on the song along with PATD frontman Brendon Urie), released its debut full-length Whisper War, criss-crossed the country a half dozen times, had two of its songs wind up as downloadable tracks on Rock Band 2 and racked up millions of hits on its MySpace page.
The frenetic Pop/Rock quintet has certainly made the most of its opportunities, moving from high-profile support gigs to its current status at the top of the marquee for its first national headlining circuit — going by the appropriate title of “The What Happens in Vegas... Tour” — where the band will doubtless be doing songs from the recently released Lady Luck EP. The trek will be made without longtime guitarist Ian Crawford, who has departed over creative differences, the timeless ennui of 20-year-old musicians. Newly installed guitarist/vocalist/friend Bryan Dawson has been announced as his replacement.
This is a band trembling on the edge of superstardom — hail The Cab while you can still catch it in a small venue.
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