In a musical landscape where “catchy” is a dirty word, The Cab re-writes the rules of what an indie rock band could and should be. On their 2008 debut release Whisper War, The Cab takes a tour through sing-along-scale ballads and pop riffery, leaving the listener wholly satisfied if not a little perplexed. The group’s commitment to strong choruses and accessible songwriting is a rare pleasure in an industry that so values the novelty of dissonance.
Formed in 2004 in Las Vegas, The Cab has since skyrocketed to indie-pop prominence, particularly propelled by their 2011 release Symphony Soldier and its two appealingly straight-faced singles “Bad” and “La La.” Comparisons find them adjacent to Maroon 5 and Panic At The Disco (whose drummer Spencer Smith helped land them label interest), but The Cab is so unabashedly committed to making tight, selfless pop gems that most comparisons seem to fall flat.
With two successful full-lengths and an EP to boot, it’s clear we’ve only seen the beginning of what The Cab can do. Where they go from here is anyone’s guess, but The Cab’s sound songwriting and air-tight production make them as safe a bet as safe bets go.