The drummer for The Cab talks about the new album, The Alternative Press Tour and what’s next.

1. So how did the band come together?
Basically it was just a couple of us from high school, me, Alex DeLeon and Cash Colligan (who is no longer with the band). We all went to same high school and started out from there.

2. Is there a story behind the name The Cab?
Not really to be honest. I was the last one of the three to come to join in and that was already the name. I asked about it too because it is a pretty unusual name. When they were deciding they didn’t want a name that when someone heard it they immediately wouldn’t like the band. So they went with a name that was kind of neutral and let the music speak for itself.

3. Where do you draw the inspiration from?
A lot of us have very different musical backgrounds. Our singer is really in to R&B and hip hop. I love pop funk and all sorts of stuff, so it comes from a whole bunch of different backgrounds. It’s a whole mix of everything.

4. For someone who has never heard your music before, how would you describe your sound?
We kind of have a joke that our sound is R&Bemo. That is kind of funny. I think it is more like, kind of, a pop and rock sound with a little bit more soul flair to it. Especially when Alex has such an R&B type voice. So I would say just pop and rock with an R&B soulful vibe to it.

5. What is the story behind having your phone number up on your MySpace page?
Oh that is from a company called Say-Now. What we can do is, well, we can turn it on and have fans call us and we can talk to them. They can leave voice-mail or text messages on there and comment on whatever we are doing. It is like the band's answering service.

6. How has co-headlining the Alternative Press Tour been so far?
Oh, it has been absolutely amazing. All of the bands are so great to everyone. It has been humongous. Every show has been sold out so far. It has been an awesome tour; it has been the best tour we have ever done.

7. What has been the best experience so far?
The first off day there was this amusement park that was closed and they opened it back up for the bands. So we got to have a free day in the amusement park.

8. What has been the weirdest?
I would say in Chico, Calif. It was literally 75 to 80 degrees, and then, all of a sudden, it would drop down to the 50s. It would be windy, stormy like every 30 minutes. It was crazy.

9. How were you approached about being on this tour?
We have done a few tours in the past with Never Shout Never and few other bands on the tour, so it was kind of a no-brainer. We have all toured together and we have kind of the same fan genre. It just clicked really well.

10. Why should people come out and see the show?
Well because we have a lot of new music going on. So there is more stuff to hear now. We have just been wanting this for so long now I just feel that we are more solid as a band. We really put on such a good live show performance-wise. There is some really good musicianship that really doesn’t come around all that often these days. I just think that is something that we have.

11. What is the backstage dynamic with all these bands at one venue?
It’s crazy. There is like 55 people on this tour. Everybody’s crap is everywhere. It’s just a mess.

12. Are there any pranks between bands on or off stage?
Not yet. I think we are saving that for towards the end of the tour.

13. What venue do you like playing most?
I am really excited for this venue called the Zorba which is in Virginia. I don’t know, I mean, we have been touring for so long that we have been to like every venue in the country. I love House of Blues. I mean, I like playing anywhere as long as I have room for my whole drum set to be put up.

14. Does the band have any traditions, anything that you do together every time before you take the stage?
Yeah, we all get around in a huddle and put our fist towards one another and just tell each other good luck. We don’t say any prayers, we just all get together and kind of try to pump each other up a little bit.

15. If you could tour with any band, past or present, who would it be?
I think for us, as a band, I think for a dream artist it would be Justin Timberlake or Maroon 5 or bands like that. They are along the same sound as us. We kind of strive to be like them because they have set such great examples as far as like the music and how they conduct themselves. They are just who we are really interested in.

16. If you could have been included on any movie soundtrack this last year, which one would it have been and why?
Oooh. I don’t know. That’s a good question. I don’t watch too many movies. Maybe the "Family Guy" "Star Wars" movie because "Family Guy" is just plain good.

17. When you’re on tour, how do you pass the time on the band’s tour bus?
I sleep and play Xbox 360 constantly. I am either doing one of the two things.

18. What are the future plans for the band?
We are just finishing up our new record. It should be coming out around mid-summer. We are about 75 to 80 percent done with that, and we are just putting on the finishing touches. Then we will just head out on tour and hopefully something huge happens.

19. What would you be doing if you weren’t making music?
I don’t know, probably going to college somewhere and being really bored.

20. At the end of the day, when people are breaking out your album and listening to them, how do you want them to think of the band?
Just to think of the us as a band that really keep it just about the music as much as possible. Music, these days, is so much spoon fed with the Internet and everything around it, so it is kind of hard to get a real band out of it that is focused on it’s style and musicianship like the artists of the past. I think that is something that we try to do.

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