From Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cage The Elephantís run with their last two records has been impressive. You start with the band beginning a successful run in the UK, where rock Ďní roll is still king, and then you carry that over with that same debut album making a huge impact here in the U.S. Then, of course, there was the sophomore album, Thank You Happy Birthday. That album had success across the board. The cycle for that second album even ended with the outstanding live concert release, Live From The Vic In Chicago. Thatís two albums and a live release with great numbers for Cage The Elephant leading up to their third album Melophobia, an album that will undoubtedly see CTE making long runs on the road and climbing the charts again.
Cage The Elephant has done well since they were introduced to the world in 2008, but theyíve also been proclaimed as cool by fans and critics. Thatís partly because of their quirky but intense rock, and itís partly because they put on a terrific live show. Itís good place to be for the band... only they donít care. Theyíre not making music to please anyone but themselves. Thatís something that most people can admire. The title of the bandís new record - Melophobia - even relates back to that. It has to do with the bandís fear of being complacent and being a band just to please an audience. In a recent interview with Alternative Addiction, Cage The Elephantís Brad Shultz talked about Melophobia and the importance of integrity in art and music.
ďI think musicís in a great spot,Ē started Brad. ďI just think that if people cater to cool or other things than just loving what they do and loving the music then itís a slippery slope.Ē
Cage The Elephant always has and always will be about the music. When asked about the band making another record just to continue to tour, the older Shultz brother said that they donít release music just for that reason like a lot of other bands are doing.
ďI donít think we think of it that way,Ē said Shultz. ďWeíd love to be able to continue to do what we do, but when we make a new record itís about self expression and growing. As long as weíre continuing to grow as people and as long as we continue to progress as song writers and with our music, Iím happy and I think weíre all happy. Thatís our goal and I think we did that with this record.
So does that mean that if it ever stopped being about that for Cage The Elephant then theyíd stop making music? It does, but Brad doesnít ever see the band even approaching that problem.
ďIf youíre to that point where it isnít about that, itís probably hard to see it. For us, weíre so conscience of it. Thatís something we donít want to do and we never want to slip into that kind of place. It would take us to be extremely unaware of everything for a long time for that to happen. I would never want to get to a place to where weíre making music to be the flavor of the month or to sell as many records as possible, thatís something weíd never want to do. If we write honest music and people gravitate towards it, thatís awesome. But thatís not the reason we write music. We write music to communicate with people, to express ourselves, to get things off our chest. I hold pretty strong that music is the universal language. Itís the best way to express yourself and thatís why we do this.
Cage The Elephantís new album Melophobia was released just a few weeks ago. The band has a few U.S. tour dates before the end of the year. Early on in 2014, theyíll be touring the U.K. For more on the bandís upcoming tour dates, visit CageTheElephant.com