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'Saving Abel' tops debut album with Southern tour
Oct. 23, 2009


By Taylor Harris
Contributor

Hailing from the small town of Corinth, Miss., Saving Abel is making a big name for itself. As a rock quintet with powerfully catchy lyrics and chest-thumping beats, Saving Abel is a product designed for greatness.

With three singles from the band's self-titled debut album to have already hit the music charts, Saving Abel is a group of rockers with great potential.

The title of the band's first smash hit was quite appropriate, as "Addicted" made a sensational run on mainstream radio in 2008 and continues to get airplay today. Following its success, "18 Days" and "Drowning (Face Down)" have also made impressive gains.

"[The members of] Saving Abel have paid their dues in spades, and it's great to see them getting the success they deserve," says Ken Phillips of Ken Phillips Publicity Group. The band is getting just that after years of tweaking its music and working toward perfection.

There is great diversification from track to track on Saving Abel, even if there are a few not-so-tame lines throughout the songs.

Although the New York Post quoted the album "mixes post-grudge with Southern rock for a truly dirty sound," there is at least one song for everyone.

Passion, hardships, tattoos and goodbyes--most people can relate to at least one of these topics. Saving Abel has been able to capture the attention of the nation, and a sophomore album is in the works with a scheduled release in spring 2010.

With the band's achievements thus far, a new goal has been set: making music that is more distinct

People love the songs, but with such variance from one song to the next, not everyone realizes when they are listening to a Saving Abel hit on the radio.

"We're not really just going to mix the songs to accompany the sound of the song this time," said Jason Null, guitarist and co-founder of Saving Abel. "We're just going to keep the same drum sounds; the same guitar sounds throughout everything; and just make it sound more like one actual band on each track."

Null also took the role of manager in the early days of the band. "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between does what he wants to do." This quote by Bob Dylan was what kept Jason Null pushing forward when times were unstable.

"Those words were like a sign to me to not give up," Null explains. Even with downfalls and obstacles in the way, the jammers have kept their eyes on the sky.

Because of this, Saving Abel is now soaring. Few groups have been able to achieve what Saving Abel has done with its first album. Even fewer have the ability to illuminate raw emotions the way these rockers do.

Saving Abel has the power to grab a hold of a listener's heart and grip it with just the right pressure to make it race; make it yearn; make it feel exactly what each song is trying to portray.

They also have an incredible adrenaline-pumping sound, and Uproar Record's Lincoln Faulkner agrees.

"I've always enjoyed Saving Abel, especially when I'm running and need some driving riffs to give me that extra push," Faulkner said.

Saving Abel is paving a way to superstardom, and though the road may be a little wild along the way, these Southern Rockers are in it for the long haul.

Catch Saving Abel as they make its way through the Lone Star State. The band will have a shows its final shows Saturday in Spring, and Sunday in Corpus Christi before joining the "Class of 2009" Tour.

Texans are the first to experience this inaugural event featuring various artists who have climbed music charts the past year.

The tour kicks off on Tuesday in San Antonio with Saving Abel as the headliners.