When Cage the Elephant touches down at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville next month, fans can expect an exuberant performance. Supporting its latest, acclaimed album Melophobia and its recent, contagious alt rock chart-topper “Move A Little Closer” – the Matt Shultz-fronted five-piece arrives with its brash guitar-driven sound on July 30.
The show – which is the group’s only New York-area gig this summer – finds the Bowling Green, Ky., natives supported by up and coming indie quartet Bear Hands. The Brooklyn-based outfit is worth catching, with a solid debut album, Distraction, which has begun to pick up steam on the strength of “Giants,” which has been getting countless plays on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation.
As for the members of Cage, they’ve evolved a great deal creatively since their 2009 eponymous debut – which featured the airwave favorites “Back Against the Wall” and “No Rest for the Wicked.” Thank You. Happy Birthday was a step forward, wielding the 2011 hit “Shake Me Down” and praise from Rolling Stone, the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, which each cited the disc among the best rock albums of the year.
Following tours supporting Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Muse, among others, the group – which currently counts singer Shultz, his guitarist brother Brad, bassist Daniel Tichenor, guitarist Nick Bockrath and drummer Jared Champion – has finally defined its own sound and crafted a timeless album with last October’s Melophobia.
“This album brought me back to life,” Matt Shultz said in a statement announcing the record. “We totally turned away from fear-based writing. We just wanted to make music that we loved.”
Those big, bold outcomes will feature prominently in the popular band’s live shows, which are often chaotic. Matt’s tendency to stage dive and crowd surf goes a long way to keep the energy high. With his bandmates following suit, alt rock fans can expect Cage the Elephant to take it to the limit at this sure to be packed show.