Mississippi rockers Saving Abel returned this summer with their third album, Bringing Down The Giant. Metalholic sat down with vocalist Jared Weeks before the band’s August 23 show in Boise, Idaho. Weeks talked about recording the new album, the theme behind it all, as well as his love for Lynyrd Skynryd, and what his own proverbial “giant” is.
It is often said that the third album is generally where the band truly defines its sound. This may be true for Saving Abel, as Bringing Down The Giant is the band’s most well-rounded album to date.
“We’re really proud of it.” offered a grinning Weeks. “We actually had time to sit down and write this one. We got the creative juices flowing. We got everything. We even played banjo, mandolin, jaw harps; we even blew some jugs on this album.”
“We shot the video in our home town. We went to my high school where I graduated. We kind of got the surrounding counties involved. We wanted everyone to get involved, because bullying is something that still exists. It happens every single day. And it’s not to say an act of violence is bullying. I’ve been guilty of bullying myself. Words hurt too, you know? So the whole message we were trying to put out is violence begets violence and sometimes the bully is the one that needs a hug.”
“I know an 11-year-old girl named Jersey. She’s been battling cancer for the last eight months and we just found out a couple of weeks ago she’s cancer free. We did a little party for her and she walked up to me and she said, ‘Jared, cancer was my giant and you helped me.’ Man I just couldn’t help but give Jersey a big hug. The single is about whatever your giant is.”
As we were wrapping up the interview we returned to the song’s principal theme and I asked Weeks what his giant is and I was surprised by his honesty, and touched by his sincerity:
“I tell you what. I don’t know if this is confessions for VH1 or whatnot. But sometimes you get out here on the road and life gets really distracting when it’s handed to you on a platter and I took op Oxycontin for about a year and a half. And sometimes you don’t know who you are till you get back and take a look and I didn’t like who I was. So I had to change it on my own. Especially now that I’m married and I’ve got a kid. I had to move on from that. It’s definitely a mental game from here on out, but that was my giant, and it’s still my giant. Not because I don’t take Oxy any more. I haven’t taken it since last Thanksgiving, but it’s still a giant that comes knocking on the door that you have to refuse. I guess the lesson is; drugs are bad. They turn you into something you don’t expect you would be. But I want to be alive to be a dad. To teach my daughter.”
You can watch the full video interview with Jared below, and catch our last interview with Jason Null, here.
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Jared Weeks – Vocals
Jason Null – Guitars
Scott Bartlett – Guitars
Eric Taylor – Bass
Michael McManus – Drums