TAKING DAWN grew up in Las Vegas, surrounded by the glitz and glam, the bright lights and big city of non-stop vice. Fusing classic 80s rock influences with a distinctly modern sensibility, the band have blended shredding guitars, big slabs of melody and huge choruses on this, their debut album. Frontman Chris Babbitt comes on like the kid brother of Sebastian Bach; all big front, big personality and big attitude. "We like songs that are classics and that have hooks. We want to connect with people," Babbitt says. The band is completed by guitarist Mikey Cross, bassist Andrew Cushing and behind the drums, Alan Doucette.
Babbitt and Cross used to spend their hours working security at Vegas’s Hard Rock Hotel, which helped them remain surrounded by and immersed in rock 'n roll. This rough 'n tumble day job led the duo to appear as the star security guards on US True TV’s ‘Rehab’ show. Babbitt learned to love the rock early and is proud to be an ambassador for the scene in his city stating, "Las Vegas is represented by The Killers and Panic At The Disco. There is no real rock 'face' here anymore. Slaughter was the last rock band, so I feel like we have a lot to carry on that end, as a rock band, to bring attention to the scene."
‘Time To Burn’’s title track was the one that attracted the attention of Roadrunner; it's fast, oozes energy and makes a big statement. Says Babbitt, "It goes, 'Homicidal, kill your idols / Your heroes are whores and your only God is you. We don't want to look like "some" part or image and we're saying you don't have to do drugs and be complete fuck-up to still rock harder than the rest of them.” The band also shows its non-standard side by covering Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain." They originally planned to do their own rendition of WASP's "Fuck Like a Beast," but decided to switch gears. Babbitt says, "We wanted to do something more ambitious, even though that song summed up the band and we want to give that song limelight. Then we started thinking of alternatives and we didn't want to be pigeonholed by the 80s scene even though we love bands from that era. Mike was rolling through songs and that is our favorite Fleetwood Mac song.”