Hell of a ride

Hell of a ride

New Year’s Eve with Saving Abel at McGuffy’s

By Allyson B. Crawford

Photo: Saving Abel perform at McGuffy’s on New Year’s Eve; photo: Davo/MusicMediaGroup

The end of the year means one thing: party time. New Year’s Eve equals parties all over town, but what if you want some live music with your reveling? Mississippi rock outfit Saving Abel will ring in the New Year at McGuffy’s, and you’re invited!

“We’ve played McGuffy’s a few times,” Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks said. “McGuffy’s has always been an awesome place for us. A lot of times we’ll play with other bands, you’ll get a mixture of fans in the crowd. Every time we’ve played McGuffy’s, it’s like everyone is a Saving Abel fan. They give us as much as we give them. It’s just the kind of crowd you like to hang out. Especially at these smaller shows, it’s more personal and we get to hang with everyone. Without our fans, I’d be working at Walmart.”

Weeks understands playing a New Year’s Eve gig is more pressure. After all, it’s the one night of year everyone seemingly heads out to party. This means a business opportunity for the band and a chance for wider exposure to folks that may have never heard of Saving Abel before. The best way to convert a casual listener into a hardcore fan? Put on a great show of course.

“Everybody has the idea in their head it’s time to party,” Weeks said of New Year’s Eve. “Being in a rock band and being able to do a rock show with people that are in the mood to party … it creates a vibe in the air that is sort of like controlled chaos. It’s sort of epic. And when you have everyone in one little place, with everyone wanting to rock n’ roll and party, the roof might get blown off! It’s an excitement no one can hide from. I can’t wait to do the show!”

Saving Abel will bring a mix of old and new tunes to Dayton. The band is currently working on a new album as a follow up to their most recent EP, Crackin’ the Safe. According to Weeks, things went south with former record label eOne Entertainment, so they did an EP as a way to make sure fans still knew they were around and kicking.

“Basically, the EP is a bridge to get us through to January when we record a new, full-length album. We just had a lot of people on Facebook making comments they didn’t know we had a new album and the Bringing Down the Giant album was one of the best we’ve done. It was kind of sad our record company didn’t promote it at all. You could literally go to eOne’s website, type in Saving Abel and we wouldn’t even come up. It was discouraging. It got us fired up to go to the studio and make some music for the fans.”

But what if you’re new to Saving Abel and want to check out some of their songs before the big New Year’s Eve gig? Your best bet is to start with the band’s 2008 self-titled debut which features the hits “Addicted” and “18 Days.” Those songs are still rock radio staples and will provide a good introduction to the band’s post-grunge sound. Then you can move along the band’s discography, checking out the songs “Stupid Girl (Only In Hollywood)” and “Bringing Down the Giant.” The band’s most recent single is “Mystify.” If you want to understand how the band ticks, it may be best to check out their social profiles. Each member spends time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, answering fan questions and taking suggestions for future songs. Social media has allowed Saving Abel to thrive, even without record label support.

“There’s a lot of bands that are still thriving that are still booking shows and selling out crowds without a record label,” Weeks explained. “A lot of that is due to Facebook and Twitter. The Internet is a great way to get back in touch and to stay in contact with your fans: what they like, what they don’t like. We’re really getting good at reaching out. We haven’t always been on top of our computer game, but for the last year, we’ve really been sticking to it. We have some days where we’ll jump on Twitter and we’ll shoot out a random five facts about Saving Abel. Or if you’ve got a question for Saving Abel, type it in and we’ll sit on the computer for a couple hours, just so our fans know we’re here, and it’s not someone else sitting behind the computer pretending to be us. Our fans are the most important things to us. Without them we wouldn’t be here.”

Weeks says the band’s next album will definitely have a ’90s sound to it. This makes sense, since he lists Stone Temple Pilots, Candlebox and Silverchair as major influences.

“I’m trying to get back to when rock was awesome,” Weeks explained. “Not to say it isn’t awesome now, but you know, you look back to when you were a kid and a song you loved came on the radio and how that made you feel … that’s the kind of music we want to put out. We want people to connect with us.”

Saving Abel will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at McGuffy’s House of Rock, 5418 Burkhardt Road Blacklite District and Black Cloud Syndrome will open. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 day of show. Admission is for 18 and up with a valid I.D. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit savingabel.com.

 Allyson B. Crawford lives in Kettering and writes about ‘80s metal bands on her daily blog bringbackglam.com. You can usually find her at all sorts of metals shows around Ohio and across the country. 

 

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