Alex Marshall, 2010

Written by: Jason Perlman


It would seem that a band coming from Vegas would have a leg up on competition with it being such a show town.
I think that it’s a misconception for a lot of people just because we’re all underage except for our guitar player – we’re all twenty so that kind of eliminates most of the real Vegas life for us. But for us getting noticed, it just happened. As far as getting signed, we just lucked out went to a show and he had a demo, which he never really took demos to shows. Anyway, he went to see Panic! At The Disco perform at their very first concert ever and they remembered him.  He gave them a demo and he was like, ‘Hey, this is going to look like a coaster to put under your drink  - you might use it as a coaster, maybe you’ll listen to it.” So a week went by and somebody IM’d him on instant messenger and he said ‘Hey, this is Ryan Ross from Panic! At The Disco I would like to hear what you guys got. I want you to come up to our cabin.’  Near the cabin there’s a mountain range up at twenty-five, thirty miles out of Vegas coming out of Charlestown and we went up there and we got to hang out, completely star-struck. We’d never been in any place like that so I was just like, ‘I’ve seen you guys on TV, magazines, Rolling Stone, everything.’  And then they basically A&R’d us to Pete Wentz with Decaydance Records and John Janick who is part of Atlantic Records and it was just a rollercoaster from there, man. It still feels like a rollercoaster even going our record cycle which is a year and a half, two years.


And one thing, it’s really cool just to get signed but it’s got to be another thing when it’s your peers that accept you enough to want to sign you.
It feels good because I was spinning the Panic! record in my car for ever, since it came out.  I knew every word so it’s kind of like I feel like a fan coming to hang out with people that I look up to, you know? And I got to realize that they’re just normal people and they kind of set the bar to how I want to be.  So, they’re really good people and I’ve enjoyed it ever since.


And out of that experience now when kids do you have fairly different perspectives now and can relate to them?
Yeah, because I was definitely in their spot and I still am in their spot in some cases. I try to make every kid and every musician, like we get demos all the time now and I always listen to all the demos because it’s like, you never know. You might come across the next Beatles, who knows?  But I try to make kids feel, make other fans feel, just how they made me feel.  I think that a lot of times musicians are stereotyped into sex, drugs and rock-n-roll but I think that’s kind of passé. There are still a lot of bands that are like that but bands like Panic!, Fall Out Boy, they are a class act  and I feel we have been doing a decent job so far.


I think that’s one cool thing about The Cab is that the music is so accessible.  You just feel like you can put it on anytime.  Is that how you really are ss far as musicians?
Yeah, it just seems very “feel good. It’s hard to be in a bad mood, particularly like the second you hear your song and still be in a bad mood. We write all of our songs…like, Ian does his lyrics, he does his melodies and as far as writing goes, I do a lot of the instrumentals. Sam and I then come together with instrumentals. Iit comes together with melody and lyrics and I write it all on my emotions and I like to give off as many good vibes as I can.  You can’t be depressed about everything in life, you know what I mean?  I think it’s just the vibes on how you like to live your life and how we enjoy your lifestyles, we kind of get our music out that way.  If it makes people feel good then that’s obviously, awesomely appreciated.


You’re touring cycle has been long.  On one hand it’s got to be awesome, on the other hand, are you to the point now where you’re like, “I’m ready to go back into the studio?”
I’m always ready to go back into the studio.  That’s definitely my favorite part.  I love seeing different places around the world, as many places as I can, but the studio is what I love to do.  I like to demo music on the side.  I make beats.  I do hip hop. I do any kind of music, whatever the vibe is and that’s where I can really get my creative juices from.  I feel like anyone can and should experience writing music. It is exhilarating and exciting.


When you have that many different sounds coming out of you – once you put a certain record out are you on your way sort of an expectation of what the band should sound like and pigeon holed?  Do you ever see where you may try to push yourselves a little bit?
Oh yeah, for sure. I feel like on this tour we walked the line.  And on the record we did what we felt. During the recording process, we knew the whole record but we kind of walked the line of going pop.  You can feel the pop side of music and for us that is great. There is nothing wrong with pop music as long as its honest and real, and I think we have done a decent job of keeping true to ourselves while writing our music.