By: Jonathan Lopez
Let’s go ahead and Uncage the Elephant to take a look on their latest singles Mess Around and Trouble. Mess Around was released in October 29 and Trouble was released in November 19.
Cage The Elephant is an alternative rock band formed in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2006. The band currently consists of Matthew Shultz (lead vocals), Nick Bockrath (lead guitarist), Brad Shultz (rhythm guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass), Jared Champion (drums), and Matthan Minster (keyboard, guitarist, and background vocals). The Band’s name isn’t confirmed in how they got the name because whenever the question pops up, Matthew Shultz makes up a different story every time. From what it’s been said, by connect-the-dots game on a cereal box to a crazy incident involving a person screaming “You gotta cage the elephant!” they decided to go with the name.
Mess Around has an upbeat distorted guitar riff in it, which means it sounds hazy but none the less catchy. The music video has clips from some of Georges Méliès film “A Trip To The Moon” making the song look more bright and attractive. “Trouble is more melancholic and has calming guitar melodies in it”, says Ayeisha Tamayo, freshman. Deeper lyrics like “Trouble on my left, trouble on my right, I’ve been facing trouble almost all my life” are also included which set the woeful tone of the song. There’s also a reference from one of their hit songs from their debut album “Cage The Elephant”, Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked, when it states “You know what they say, yeah, the wicked get no rest”.
Both of the singles are part of their fourth album “Tell Me I’m Pretty”. Matthew Shultz commented on the album saying, “With this record, we wanted to be more transparent. We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that.” You can pre-order the album now and its release date is December 18, 2015.
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