Release Date: Apr 21, 2009
Record label: Relentless
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The more things change in rock, the more they inevitably stay the same -- and in the case of Cage the Elephant, that's a good thing. Actually, it's a very good thing. Cage the Elephant didn't exist until 2005, but as this self-titled album demonstrates, their ability to be influenced by alternative rock and classic rock simultaneously is a definite plus.
We probably wouldn't be hearing Cage the Elephant were it not for the arena-filling success of Kings of Leon over the past year. Like Kings of Leon, Cage the Elephant hail from the American south, feature brothers in the band, and play a bluesy take on alternarock. Someone somewhere doubtless saw the opportunity to make large sums of money from them.
Why does it always seem like the people who claim they’re here to save rock ‘n’ roll are often the ones least capable of doing it? We’ve time and time again seen shaggy haired rockers attempting to recapture some mythical spirit of rock that, based on the music they actually produce, ends up sounding like a tenth generation sub-standard Faces; their only claim to ‘authenticity’ being a filthy pair of jeans and a carefully displayed bottle of Jack Daniel’s. With a back-story that includes a Christian upbringing in rural Kentucky, a pair of brothers among their members and early reports describing Axl Rose-style stage antics as they sing songs about ‘Free Love’, you’d be forgiven for thinking of *Cage the Elephant *as possible torchbearers for back to basics rock ‘n’ roll… or at the very least Kings of Leon 2. 0.