So what is there to do in Las Vegas if you don’t do drugs and you’re not a degenerate gambler? Well, besides that… That’s right, you crank up the amps and play some rock and roll. The casino’s loss is rock and roll’s gain. Taking Dawn is another example that classic hard rock and metal is finding a renaissance. Blending the best of classic riff and harmony laden 80’s metal with blast beats and modern touches. It is at once familiar yet fresh, melodic yet brash. Taking Dawn have managed to invigorate the best of two rock generations into a bold and unapologetic style.
The guys in Taking Dawn, Chris Babbitt (vocals, guitar) and boyhood friend Mikey Cross (lead guitar), combined with the tight rhythm section of Andrew Cushing (bass) and Alan Doucette (drums) to forge a formidable quartet both onstage and off.
The band members have always taken their own path. They live in a city of vice which they embrace as home, while shunning the city’s dark diversions and trappings. They keep their focus keenly on their passion, which is the music.
The band already has the majority of their second album written, they have been waiting so long to get their first into the publics hands.
The guys are currently out on one of the years hottest tours, with Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm and Adelitas Way (another Vegas band). I caught up with the guys in Jersey, and spent some time chatting with outspoken frontman, Chris Babbitt.
Part One ~ Small talk
Part Two ~ The album
Part Three ~ Premium tune-age
Part Four ~ The fun stuff