Symphony Soldier is the second studio album by American rock band The Cab. It was released on August 23, 2011 as the follow-up to their first album Whisper War in 2008.
The album's first single, "Bad", was released to iTunes on July 11, 2011 and was announced by the band on July 18; a music video was later released. The album received critical praise, with AbsolutePunk giving 'it a positive review with a rating of 95%, calling the album a "masterpiece." The album art was revealed on July 19.
Ian Crawford, the group's former lead guitarist, played guitar for the album. With most music and lyrics written by band members, guest artists include Pete Wentz and John Feldmann co-writing "Grow Up and Be Kids" and "Endlessly" co-written with Bruno Mars.
The album was originally released independently following the group's departure from Fueled by Ramen/Decaydance Records. The Cab funded the entire album, with lead vocalist Alexander DeLeon Tweeting "we paid for it all on our own and refused to take no for an answer."
Pre-orders were available on the band's webstore, the only place the physical album can be purchased. Their webstore offered 11 options, with prices ranging from $10 to $10,000; The $10,000 "General of the Army" fan pre-order included bonuses such as:
Alex DeLeon and Alex Marshall write a song in their honor, which is then performed and recorded;
an iPod Touch with The Cab catalog on it, and some of the group's favorite songs
"guest list for life" at all their appearances;
an autographed guitar
The album is available digitally on iTunes. Upon its release it entered the top 10 of US iTunes Albums chart. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 at No. 62.
In support of Symphony Soldier the band toured as headliners and supporters, as well as playing at radio station sponsored shows. Among that, they have opened for All Time Low, Simple Plan for their US fall tour in 2011, Avril Lavigne on a Canadian arena concert tour and Maroon 5 during their Asia Pacific tour in 2012.
^DeLeon, Alexander Michael (June 1, 2009). "Dear friends". symphonysoldier.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2013-07-07. "Ian Crawford, is no longer going to be pursuing this dream with us. He has made the decision to leave the band,...This was not easy for us, or for Ian, but it needed to happen....His heart was simply not in this genre of music. He didn’t want to play pop or music suitable for the radio."