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Saving Abel raising Cain at Montage Mountain
By Melanie Vanderveer
Pocono Record Writer
July 10, 2009 6:00 AM
Their fans are "addicted."
The guys of Saving Abel are getting ready to hit the road again, this time as a part of a show that includes Hinder, Papa Roach and Nickelback. The show makes a stop at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton on Tuesday, and plenty of area people are ready to rock.
Savings Abel is Jared Weeks, vocals; Jason Null, guitar; Scott Bartlett, guitar; Eric Taylor, bass; and Blake Dixon, drums. Null had a few minutes to chat with the Pocono Record about their songs, the name of the band and what's coming next for the guys, before he starts the tour that takes his band from New York in July to Arizona in September.
Pocono Record: When did it all begin? When did the group get together?
Jason Null: We got together in 2004.
PR: The band name is unique. Where did it come from?
JN: It was a group effort on deciding on a name. I googled the story of Cain and Abel and there was a line saying, "there was no saving Abel." The words "saving Abel" just jumped out at me.
PR: What's been the best part of your career so far?
JN: That is a hard question to answer, but for me it is being able to do what I love doing for a living. I did retail before, and couldn't wait to get home after work and pick up a guitar.
PR: The song "18 Days" is a popular one. What is the song about?
JN: The song kind of found itself with the military crowd. It started out as a Christian song. We re-worded it a bit, and it turned into a love story.
PR: Your first single, "Addicted," has been on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart, Pop 100 chart and many others. It's been well received, and sold around 800,000. Who wrote the song, and is it about one specific person?
JN: It was a collaborative effort between Jared and myself and a producer. It was about a girl that Jared dated in high school. They met up again years later, and dated for a few years. Jared had the lyrics in his head and brought them to me. The label told us they needed another song like "18 Days." "Addicted" came after that. I think she loved the song. I am sure her dad was proud.
PR: Who are some of the group's musical influences?
JN: It is endless what we all listen to. I grew up on all the old country music, and my brother introduced me to '70s and '80s rock. Scott Bartlett, the guitarist, grew up on the Allman Brothers. We listen to everything. If its good, I'll listen to it.
PR: Are you excited about your tour with Nickelback, Hinder and Papa Roach?
JN: I can't wait for the tour to begin. They are three of my favorite bands. We all get along really well.
PR: What is the lineup of the show?
JN: Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Hinder and then Nickelback.
PR: What advice do you have for new bands starting out?
JN: It is a business. You have to look at it as one. The days of a record executive walking into a bar just doesn't happen anymore. The first thing I did was got someone professional in the business involved. We got a really good record out and started working the area. We got management on board and one of the best attorneys.
PR: You have been touring a lot, basically living on the road. Do you miss the normal life?
JN: I don't miss the normal life I knew. It's like anything, you can get tired of it. I would much rather get tired of this, though.
PR: What's next for the band?
JN: Besides the tour with Nickelback, we are working on tracks for a new record. We have two or three weeks off in September, and we will get back into the studio.