After working the circuit for eight years and finding success in their home country, US quartet The Cab now have their sights set on global domination.
With their new single 'Bad' out now and album Symphony Soldier - which features co-writes from Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Bruno Mars - on the horizon, Digital Spy met up with frontman Alexander DeLeon to get ourselves better acquainted.
Have you spent much time in London before?
"The other guys haven't but I've been here a couple of times before so I've taken them to a couple of places that I like. That said, in the grand scheme of things I am a complete tourist!"
You've been flown out here to promote your new single 'Bad', so things must be going pretty well for The Cab at the moment?
"It's been really great. There were a pack of fans following us around yesterday and I'm not even sure how they knew where we were. The fact that we grew up in the States and can suddenly come to Europe and have people know our music is kind of unbelievable."
That's the power of the internet.
"It's scary, but it's everything you dream of as a kid."
You released your album Symphony Soldier in the States over a year ago; how does it feel to come over here and start all over again?
"It feels like a clean slate, which feels really weird after we've be slogging away back home for eight years now. To go back to the first single again gives us this weird deja vu feeling."
Does that mean you're bored of performing these songs now?
"Not at all! We toured with the first record for four years, so one year is nothing to us. It's still fun."
For those who haven't heard your music yet, how would you sum it up?
"We're a band but we're heavily influenced by pop, R&B and funk. If you listen to Maroon 5 or Bruno Mars, you'll like us. They've even written songs for our album. We're very feel good and our melodies are catchy. There's a darker side to us as well, but we're not snobby about what we do in any way."
You're on a major label for this album after releasing your first independently; is it important to have that backing?
"We've gone from a major, to independent, back to major. We had problems with our first label and so we worked our asses off releasing our first record on our own. When it came to signing with a new label, we wanted to make sure that we were all on the same page before agreeing to anything. You've got to make sure the people you're working with are all on your side and believe in you."
You're about to start a string of tour dates opening for Maroon 5; how tricky are support slots?
"They're great because it's a real challenge - you have to earn their respect. The audience are there to see someone else and couldn't care less, so it's your job to try and make them take notice of you and look you up when they get home."
Adam Levine, Bruno Mars and Pete Wentz have co-written some of your songs; did they pass on any words of wisdom?
"I remember Bruno Mars telling me about melodies and insisting that you have to just go with it and don't overcomplicate things. It's not about trying to be cool, it's about trying to write the catchiest thing you can. Similarly Pete Wentz told us not to worry about production but focus on writing a good song first and foremost."
Adam is a coach on The Voice; would you have ever considered the reality show route to success?
"Honestly? I don't think I could have done those shows. Not to get too political, but the contracts those shows have artists in are locked down for a long time. It's live or die with The Cab these days; we've dedicated so much to making this band work that it has to. We don't even think about the alternative."
The Cab's new single 'Bad' is out now. Their album, Symphony Soldier follows on September 24. Watch the 'Bad' video below:
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