Cage The Elephant
Supporting their fourth studio release, the Dan Auerbach produced, “Tell Me I’m Pretty”, Bowling Green Kentucky’s Cage The Elephant brought their high energy garage rock to Madison’s Orpheum theater on a warm June night.
From the opening notes to the final encore the crowd of predominately teens and twenty somethings were on their feet singing along, captivated by frenetic frontman Matthew Schultz.
Along with his guitar slinging older brother Brad, Schultz lead the band through a nearly 2 hour sweat soaked set that leaned heavily on the aforementioned “Tell Me I’m Pretty” as well as 2013’s “Melophobia” , with over half of the 18 songs played coming from the two releases.
With the elder Shultz pounding out chords at stage left or directly in the audience’s faces along the barricade, bassist Daniel Tichenor, drummer Jared Champion, touring guitarist Nick Bockrath and keyboardist Matthan Minster laid down the foundation for the whirlwind that is Matthew Schultz. Rarely standing still the lanky vocalist channeled a bit of early 60’s Mick Jagger, James Brown and Iggy Pop as he threw himself about the stage or at times into the audience.
Blending bluesy guitar rock reminiscent of The White Stripes or The Black Keys, a touch of 60’s pop and a bit of The Pixies alt rock sensibilities Cage The Elephant brings a sweltering live show that should appeal to both rock and pop fans of many ages.
Head over to www.cagetheelephant.com for album and tour info.