13 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Saving Abel took its name from the biblical story of Cain and Abel, while the title of its third studio album, Bringing Down the Giant, references the David and Goliath story. Yet the Corinth, Miss., quintet doesn't classify itself as a Christian band. Of course this might be obvious after listening to the humorous post-grunge pop tune “Michael Jackson’s Jacket.” The opening title track snarls with a grungy attack that rocks as if the band members grew up layering flannels over thermals in the early '90s while identifying with the music coming out of the Pacific Northwest. “Amazing” displays sharper pop-based hooks, particularly in the chorus, where Jared Weeks’ slightly raspy voice sings contagiously catchy melodies. The band flirts with rustic Americana tones in the short instrumental “Pine Mountain (The Dance of the Poor Proud Man),” where banjo, mandolin, and jaw-harp provide a swampy feel. That sets the stage for “You Make Me Sick,” a muscled Southern rock standout that champions the heartland sound while offering lyrics that rail against the stereotypical redneck.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Saving Abel took its name from the biblical story of Cain and Abel, while the title of its third studio album, Bringing Down the Giant, references the David and Goliath story. Yet the Corinth, Miss., quintet doesn't classify itself as a Christian band. Of course this might be obvious after listening to the humorous post-grunge pop tune “Michael Jackson’s Jacket.” The opening title track snarls with a grungy attack that rocks as if the band members grew up layering flannels over thermals in the early '90s while identifying with the music coming out of the Pacific Northwest. “Amazing” displays sharper pop-based hooks, particularly in the chorus, where Jared Weeks’ slightly raspy voice sings contagiously catchy melodies. The band flirts with rustic Americana tones in the short instrumental “Pine Mountain (The Dance of the Poor Proud Man),” where banjo, mandolin, and jaw-harp provide a swampy feel. That sets the stage for “You Make Me Sick,” a muscled Southern rock standout that champions the heartland sound while offering lyrics that rail against the stereotypical redneck.

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About Saving Abel

Formed in 2004 by vocalist Jared Weeks and guitarist Jason Null, Saving Abel combine riff-heavy hard rock with sexually charged lyrics and Southern rock influences. The quintet took root in Corinth, MS, where Weeks and Null cut their teeth in different bands before merging their songwriting talents. In early 2005, the duo attracted attention from producer Skidd Mills, who invited Weeks and Null to record in his Memphis studio. Juggling day jobs and regional gigs, the two began driving back and forth between Corinth and Memphis, sporadically recording their self-titled EP with Mills while putting together a full lineup consisting of guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor, and drummer Blake Dixon.

Within a year, the EP had earned Saving Abel a contract with Virgin Records, and Mills returned to produce the group's full-length debut. Combining new material with the EP's best songs, the self-titled album was issued in March 2008. It went gold within a year, with the lead single "Addicted" cracking the Top 40 and nearly topping the modern rock charts. While touring the country in support of the album, Saving Abel began playing new material, most of which appeared on the sophomore album Miss America in 2010. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Corinth, MS
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2004

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