So it’s been a few days now since my last post and I thought it was time to add something new to the blog. I wanted to have a little chat with you about an album I absolutely love and a band that I love even more. I’m lucky enough to have seen them on two separate occasions, which I’m super happy about because they aren’t just one of them bands that you get the chance to see every year. They have spent time living in the UK, but the band are originally from Kentucky.
What group am I talking about? It’s the one and only Cage The Elephant! Now if you don’t already know this band then you have four fantastic albums to get through. They take their music in so many different directions and there really is something for everyone on each album that they’ve released. Please go and check them all out!
Anyway, that’s not what I wanted to talk about today. I have been desperate to share with you something slightly different from this band, something that they have in fact done now on two separate occasions. In the summer of 2017, Cage The Elephant released a live album that they recorded whilst they were on tour. This album would feature a whole list of their most famous tunes manipulated and reworked into acoustic versions, it was even set to include some covers of other artists, such as Daft Punk and The Stranglers. As you might have worked out from the title of the post, the band decided that July would be the perfect time to let the public get their hands on Unpeeled.
This album gripped me instantly. Yes I love Cage the Elephant and yes I will always be a fan of these songs. But I wasn’t expecting to feel the need to almost treat this record as a fifth studio release, just because of how good it sounded. The way some of these songs have been arranged acoustically is just beautiful. The strings section in particular gives a new lease of life to a handful of these tracks that were recorded years ago.
Another thing that I totally love about this album that you’ll get a chance to see when you finish reading this post, are the videos. Cage The Elephant have released a series of live videos via their vevo account and quite honestly, they all look incredible in my opinion. There’s a really clever use of lighting and the camera angles are a stroke of genius. It’s funny because this band are extremely energetic on stage and always have been, yet because the songs are all acoustic versions and there’s now a strings section etc, all of the original members are sat down whilst performing. All but one that is anyway…
There’s not a lot you can say about Mr Matt Shultz, other than the fact that the guy is completely mental! The energy this guy performs with is truly staggering and he’s a real credit to rock and roll. He just makes this band so believable. His pure passion and dedication to the songs he sings shines into the crowd in every city, in every venue, every single night. He’s basically a contortionist with a microphone. The thing that’s so great about everyone in this band, especially Matt, is that they get no greater joy in life than playing these songs to you. If you ever get the chance to go and see this band live, you will know exactly what I’m talking about from the go. In my eyes, that’s all you can really ask for as a punter and as a fan of live music. I’ve left one of my favourites below from the series of videos I mentioned. The others will pop up as recommendations!
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