Cage the Elephant

Formed 2007.
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Cage The Elephant - Come A Little Closer

Cage The Elephant perform Come A Little Closer at Reading 2014

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Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006. The group currently consists of Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass), and Jared Champion (drums). Lincoln Parish served as the band's lead guitarist until late 2013, after which he was replaced by Nick Bockrath, from Philadelphia, for the Melophobia tour. They have also been touring with keyboardist and guitarist Matthan Minster, from Portland, Oregon. The band's first album, Cage the Elephant, was released in 2008 to much success, spawning several successful radio singles and gained the band a large following in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Cage the Elephant are known for energetic live performances and for possessing an eclectic sound. The band's first album is influenced by classic rock, funk, and blues music. However, the band's second album, Thank You, Happy Birthday, displayed heavy influence by punk rock and bands such as the Pixies, while Melophobia was a concerted effort by the band to find its own distinct musical identity.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Thank You, Happy Birthday

    Thank You, Happy Birthday 2011

    Reviewed by Mark Beaumont
    A catchy US hit that’s not afraid to offend mainstream sensibilities.
  2. Review of Cage the Elephant

    Cage the Elephant 2008

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    If you want to release some good time rock 'n' roll, listen to this album.
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