Cage The Elephants recent release Tell Me I'm Pretty is an evolvement for the Kentucky band - with production from The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach.
Auberbach's influence across the album is prominent from the get go with opening track -Cry Baby. Scuzzy guitars and blues inspired the track feels as if Auerbach is producing a Black Keys album revolutionising the original 5 piece band's sound. A hypnotic vocal from frontman Matthew Shultz elevates the track giving its raw edge in which Cage The Elephant still obtain in their 4th studio album.
First single to be taken from the LP is Mess Around, marking their return to the music scene. Catchy, fun and upbeat, Mess Around will sure set to be a highlight across festivals this summer.
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Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse will also perform at the Kentucky rock fest.
Locals My Morning Jacket lead the line-up for Forecastle Festival 2015, as the first selection of acts entice more and more towards a sun-soaked weekend in Louisville, Kentucky this July. The band will also be joined by Brit singer Sam Smith.
Hot on the heels of their latest album announcement 'The Waterfall', My Morning Jacket return to their hometown for a jam down by Waterfront Park this summer, alongside British superstar Sam Smith who is looking at his most successful year yet with four Grammy wins, a sell-out tour and a number one already with his re-released debut single 'Lay Me Down' featuring John Legend.
Contact Music caught up with Cage The Elephant to talk a little about their new album 'Melophobia' out February 10th 2014. After a busy last few years of touring and recording their first two albums, the Kentucky five-piece are looking forward to bringing the rock-pop experimentalism to the stages once again.
Contactmusic.com: Hi Jared, how are you doing?
Jared Champion: Yeah I'm good thanks man, just going to get the bus up to the venue and wait around for a sound check, not too busy today.
CM: Your third album 'Melophobia' is released in the UK very soon, what can you tell us about it?
JC: The album has kind of been a long process for us; we took a bit of time off before writing it. We'd been constantly touring the last two albums, so we spent some time with family and stuff. When we got back to writing, we spent a lot more time in the studio developing the songs. On the last two albums had most of the songs ready with bridges, and breakdowns and choruses and stuff; with this album we didn't. It has been a little longer process than the other two albums.
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Thank You Happy Birthday, Cage The Elephant's long-awaited second album, evidences a band that are entirely in control of their multiple personalities; a band that mix gentle considered melodies with the psychotic, boisterous punk aggression that they determinedly fuel into their style.
Opening track 'Always Something' crunches in with a menacing amalgamation of fuzzy guitars, dance beats and a sparse bass line emphasising beats every now and again; undeniably similar ground to their previous, self-titled album. The result is a kind of dance-infused Libertines style with a melodic, funky bass line punctuating their indie meets garage meets punk blend; the introduction to the following track, 'Aberdeen' also brings Blur to mind, not least because of its' prominent bass lines and catchy chorus. 'Indy Kidz', meanwhile, immediately drives forward with an edgy, Queens Of The Stone Age-like, anxious determination; definitely one of the more piss-taking, noisy, attitude-ridden punk blasts on the album. 'Shake Me Down', on the other hand, provides instant contrast as a down-tempo number which opens only with guitars and vocals, with bass adding another layer to the second verse. To start with, drums drop and in and out, emphasising here and there, before the track plunges into a much more familiar, safe-territory indie crunch and back out again to end as it began.
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