They relocated to London, England in before their first album was released. The band's first album, Cage the Elephant , was released in to much success, spawning several successful radio singles and gained the band a large following in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It was influenced by classic rock , '90s alternative , blues , punk rock and funk music.
The band's second album, Thank You, Happy Birthday , was heavily influenced by punk rock as well as bands such as Pixies and Nirvana.
The band's third album, Melophobia , was the band's concerted effort to find its own distinct musical identity. The band released a live album, Unpeeled , on July 28, Their fifth studio album, Social Cues , was released on April 19, Before he was a band member for Cage the Elephant, Matt Shultz worked in construction as a plumber.
In an interview with the "Rock It Out! He left to work at a sandwich bar with Brad Shultz, who had previously worked in telemarketing. Daniel Tichenor held a job at Lowe's and Jared Champion worked in a pet store. Cage got to know him through their friendship with that band. Members of Cage the Elephant had previously been involved in the band Perfect Confusion when they were in high school and released a self-titled LP in Matt Shultz was also in an experimental punk band in middle school called Left Nostril.
The band's name, according to lead singer Matt Shultz, came from an incident in when a mentally disturbed man approached the band after a show. He hugged Shultz and kept repeating the sentence "You have to cage the elephant" over and over again. The band signed with Relentless Records after showcasing at the South by Southwest music festival. Their first tour was as a support act for Queens of the Stone Age in Canada.
They then moved to London, England,  to the Leyton area on the outskirts of the city. At the time, Lincoln Parish was only 16 years old, so in order to be able to move, his parents had to sign over parental guardianship to the band. In , they appeared on the British show Later They released their eponymous debut album, Cage the Elephant , on June 23, in the United Kingdom and April 21, in the United States, Japan, Australia, and Canada, to mostly favorable reviews.
Cage the Elephant appeared as a support act on tour with The Pigeon Detectives in early , and for Silversun Pickups and Manchester Orchestra in The album sold 39, copies during its first week in the U. Throughout the year, Cage the Elephant supported the album by playing live. In the later half of the year, the band supported the Foo Fighters , who were on tour supporting their new album Wasting Light.
In October, drummer Jared Champion's appendix suddenly burst, requiring immediate medical attention. Dave Grohl , the Foo Fighters' frontman and former drummer of Nirvana , temporarily filled in for Champion while he was recuperating. The group's audience expanded widely throughout The band Sleeper Agent , another Bowling Green music group and close friends with Cage the Elephant, came in second place. The magazine also named Thank You, Happy Birthday as the 15th best album of the year.
That year, Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra embarked on a co-headlining tour with Sleeper Agent as the opening band. In January , the band released the album Live from The Vic in Chicago , recorded during their tour, and also toured with the Big Day Out music festival. Cage the Elephant regrouped in the studio to record their third album Melophobia meaning "fear of music". It was released on iTunes for purchase on August In an interview with iHeartRadio during Lollapalooza , Matt Shultz revealed the title of the upcoming album.
Melophobia was released on October 8, , to largely positive reviews. The band toured with Muse as an opening act in the fall of Wasn't sure when I saw them on the stage but once they started up I knew this was a band I would like. Will probably buy more of their music as I listen to this album for a while and enjoy it. They will be here this month for the SHakey Knees Festival in Atlanta, might have to catch them there.
Thanks to Coachella for having these bands there so people like me can find something in this new music era that we like and it not all bubble gum engineered pop sounds. Not a bad mix of music. More Rock than other genres. Worth looking into. CD arrived quickly and in great shape. Love that tune. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Well, let me cut straight to the chase - this is a superb album, full of raw energy and passion and is just about as good as heavy indie gets.
Also, for a debut, these guys from Kentucky have produced something close to exceptional. The opener, 'In One Ear' is a big, brash, brilliant stunner, featuring a looping, bluesy riff and some great lyrics delivered in a breathless, half-sung, half-spoken ballsy sneer. Track two, 'James Brown', continues the high-tempo, high-energy feel of the album and is a more-than-decent cut, even if the chorus sounds a little like a Terrorvision track. Pleasingly enough, Cage The Elephant mix things up nicely to keep the album feeling varied and fresh.
It is evident throughout the album that one of the major talents in the band is guitarist Brad Shultz but his work really shines on the raw, but crafted, 'Judas'. Both 'Back Stabbin' Betty' and 'Soil To The Sun' are good, pedal to the metal rockers which bring us, almost breathless, to the last track, Cage The Elephant's first single, the high-tempo, adrenaline-pumping 'Free Love', which finishes the album on a high.
Cage The Elephant's debut is the kind of album which is so energetic, it can either leave you feeling pumped-up or exhausted, depending on your mood. It's certainly one of the best debut albums of the year and, should they repeat the success of this album, there's no reason why their popularity and status shouldn't grow with their next release. Great stuff! I only bought this for the song from Borderlands 2 but I enjoyed the whole album.
Yet again, my Son loved it. Report abuse. I lovee this CD. I think my favourite song is probably Back Against The Wall. I love it! Fantastic buy. Just love this band. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
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