Bandmates do everything together. For Las Vegas soul-rock quintet The Cab, this includes scoring a record deal on the recommendation of Panic! At the Disco, having their song I'll Run featured in an episode of The Hills and touring with Bradenton pop-rockers We the Kings.
It also means sharing the lows. On Feb. 1, 2008, the guys were travelling through central Wisconsin when their van slid on the icy road and flipped over. Everyone survived, but the accident was sobering for frontman Alex DeLeon, pianist Alex Marshall, drummer Alex Johnson, guitarist Ian Crawford and bassist Cash Colligan.
More than a year later, The Cab is back on the road. They just wrapped up several tours, including Hoodwink, on which they paid homage to legendary musicians Queen.
On Tuesday, the guys head to Jannus Landing to take part in the Bamboozle Roadshow.
Colligan called tbt* from the road, where The Cab were en route from Houston to San Antonio.
How did your younger fans respond to hearing the music of Queen?
I think a lot of the younger fans knew a lot more songs than they thought. You hear a couple of songs and you never know the artist, yet you know every word to it, such as We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody. ... We did it just out on a limb, wanting to (cover) an older rock group, and it turned out semi in our favor. The kids knew what we were playing, which was awesome.
What did you take away from your van accident?
It brought us a lot closer together, I think, realizing, "Wow, we're all a band. We're all in this together, and something really bad could've happened from that." It was a pretty horrible accident. (We're) lucky to be alive and just very grateful that we're still able to do this together, all original from the start when we got signed.
Will a song come out of it?
Whether a song is specifically written about that or not, it definitely will have motivation and a lot of drive even helping us write the next record from that experience, any experience that comes out of the band.