After a very long and hot day in the Texas heat, I managed to pull a double-header and make it just in time to see Saving Abel take the stage in Dallas. If you're not familiar with this group, they are a bunch of good ‘ol southern boys from Mississippi that know how to get down and boogie; whether it be in a live venue, their front porch, or a rock festival they sure know how to get a crowd going. There is just something about their crunching hooks and soaring melodies that makes you wanna shake your ass and put a fist up in the air at the same time. The band started in 2004 in Corinth, MS and has since released 2 full-length albums under Virgin Records and is scheduled to release their newest album Bringing Down The Giant (eOne) on July 17th. The band will be playing in Pittsburgh, PA that evening and plan to finish their album tour on 9/1; no other tour dates have been posted at this time.
Upon arriving to the venue, a little late of course, I was able to catch the last of Redlight King’s performance of their hit single “Bullet In My Hand”. I was a little disappointed that I did not get to catch their entire set as they are incredible band, but will have my chance again when they return to Dallas for the annual BFD (Big Fuckin' Deal) music event. Check back soon for that review to come which will also include bands like Aranda, Candlebox, Chevelle, Evanescence and many more. Dallas is slowly transforming into more of an Austin like music-scene with the revival of Deep Ellum still flourishing.
Saving Abel played many of their hits like “Addicted”, “The Sex Is Good”, and “Drowning” along with songs off their upcoming album, which sounded great by the way. For a Saturday night event, I was surprised to see very few people at this all ages event. I estimated no more than 100 fans that stayed around for Saving Abel to take the stage about 10:45PM. This was an opportune time as the band performed a few acoustic versions of their songs, which is always a treat as it allows the band to connect a little differently with its fan base. After their acoustic set, the band ran into a little technical glitch with the bassist’s wireless battery pack, but was quickly overshadowed by the awesome guitar solo; the band was able to rely on the good old analog backup to keep on truckin and finish out the set.
If you want to get a sneak peek at Saving Abel’s newest album, check out the single (via Spotify) and look for it in stores and on iTunes July 17th.