Cage The Elephant is from a town called Bowling Green. They’ll write music that most people will consider pure distortion. They’re way too loud even when they’re quiet. They jump around on stage and climb atop of things with no regard as to what might break. Cage The Elephant doesn’t give a shit.
And that’s why we all seem to love them.
Thank You Happy Birthday is the sophomore release from Kentucky’s most relentless rockers, Cage The Elephant. The foursome have resurfaced in the scene to once again create what they had with their debut self-titled album (2008, Jive); their own blend of cacophony and distorted guitar to produce a unique genre of psychedelic garage band rock, reminiscent of 90s Brit-punk. If you loved the spit-riddled, groggy vocals or spastic stage antics that lead singer Matthew Shultz brought in their previous work, then this album was made for you — it simply builds upon what they’ve laid down for a reputation over the past three years. Choice tracks off the album include the jumpy, cowbell-infused track six, “Sell Yourself”, and track three, “Indy Kidz”, seemingly outlining the story of your average hipster kid in this day and age.
No album is flawless, however, and I would be remiss to point out that the followup to their previous album may be riding along the same track, but at times there’s use of sound bites and electronic enhancements that we could have probably done without. I mean really, did I just hear a bass wobble (Indy Kidz)?
Thank You Happy Birthday may be twisting and stormy at times, but it applies some serious imagery, especially in the slower tracks. So whether it’s taking a stroll through Bikini Bottom (Rubber Ball), or tooting on your kazoo (Around My Head), CTE
1. Always Something
3. Indy Kidz
4. Shake Me Down
6. Sell Yourself
7. Rubber Ball
8. Right Before My Eyes
10. Sabertooth Tiger
11. Japanese Buffalo