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A conversation with Alex DeLeon of The Cab, who will perform Friday night in Utah

Published August 18, 2011 6:00 pm

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All Time Low is riding high into town based on the mainstream success of its latest pop-rock album "Dirty Work," but be sure to come early to the band's Friday night show to catch Mayday Parade, We Are In the Crowd, and especially one of the most unique rock bands out there. The Cab.

The Cab, hailing from Las Vegas, is led by singer Alex DeLeon, who said in an interview Thursday night that his band is excited to be touring behind the band's sophomore release, "Symphony Soldier," to be released this coming Tuesday.

It hasn't been an easy road for the band over the past several years, with a seemingly revolving door of band members and even jumping ship from their label Fueled By Ramen and Decaydance Records before finally releasing their new record on their own, which was also self-funded by the band.

"A lot of bands would have broken up from what we've been through," DeLeon said from the middle of nowhere in Idaho, on his way to Utah. But now, he said, they are "happier than ever."

What makes the Cab unique is Deleon, whose voice is not the typical rock voice — the typical rock voice includes a whisper and a scream, but not much else. But DeLeon has a soulful, flexible voice that seems like it is more suited to a boy band or a backing vocalist for Justin Timberlake. Lucky for rock fans, he has chosen rock as his profession.

DeLeon said his first memories are of his father singing Sinatra to him, and that growing up he listened to Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. One of his favorite bands is Maroon 5, and he even cited Brian McKnight as a vocal inspiration.

In fact, he didn't even enter music with aspirations of singing. He played guitar in one of his first bands, but one day his bass player noticed DeLeon singing along to the radiio — showing talented chops. Almost angrily, the bassist asked him why he was hiding that great voice from the rest of the band.

A lead singer was born.

"Symphony Soldier" is a continuation of some of the themes expressed in the band's first album, "Whisper War," released in 2008. "It's fighting for what you believe in," he said, not physically, but through words and music.

The happiness comes from the band finally knowing who they are as a band, as for each band member getting a better sense of who they are individually, DeLeon said. DeLeon, 22, said that when the first album was recorded, he and the rest of the band were only 17, and that since then they have matured and learned how and who to communicate to.

The Cab's Alex Marshall's family has a cabin in Beaver, Utah, and much of the new album was written in Utah, DeLeon said.

So what better reason to you have to show up early?

All Time Low with The Cab, Mayday Parade and We Are In Crowd

When: Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

Where: In the Venue, 579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets: $21.50 at SmithsTix