On tour to promote their latest album, Melophobia, Cage the Elephant hit the stage at Terminal 5 this past Tuesday in NYC. On tour with them is Foals and that night they had special guest, J. Roddy Walston & The Business. Due to my enthusiasm for happy hour everywhere and my love for mexican food, I wasn’t able to catch J. Roddy Walston & The Business. After I had my margarita fix at Patron Mexican Grill, I caught Foals and Cage the Elephant. I would love to talk about Foals for a minute, but 1. I’ve never heard of them before, 2. They’re not Cage the Elephant, and 3. What is a foal?
To start the show off Cage the Elephant opened with “Spiderhead” from their latest album. This set the crowd off and instantly everyone went wild. Having a prime spot from the balcony, I saw first hand the jam packed crowd below me swaying back and forth to every beat. And not only did the crowd surfers start flowing down to the stage, but Matt Shultz, lead singer, decided to join them.
This quickly escalated to the crowd not letting him go back on stage and holding tight to his microphone cord, at which moment he said out loud to the audience, “I’m kinda in the middle of something here, buddy.” It didn’t discourage the singer from diving back in a few more times throughout the night. Then right after followed more great songs from them like “In One Ear” and “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” off their self titled album from 2008. The lead singer and guitarist, Brad Shultz, are actually brothers and have been playing music together for most of their lives. The chemistry they have together on stage is awesome and the crowd definitely feeds of their high energy. Recently, Lincoln Parish, lead guitarist, left the band and was immediately replaced with Nick Bockrath who has been doing a great job on tour so far.
As the show continued they played more songs from Melophobia including their current single, “Come A Little Closer” and others such as, “Halo,” “Hypocrite,” and “Take It Or Leave It.” My personal favorite is one of their acoustic songs, “Cigarette Dreams.” Even though it is a slower song, I went absolutely insane singing every word as they played this. By far, this was one of the best shows I’ve been to music-wise and performance-wise. There is nothing worse than seeing a band that is completely disconnected from a crowd just going through their set list. Cage The Elephant definitely enjoys every second they are on that stage playing music. Song after song the energy never tired and I’m pretty sure they loved being there as much as the crowd did.
The crazy stuff they do at their shows is awesome. Right before the lead singer decided to jump off the second story balcony, they performed their encore with “Shake Me Down” and “Sabertooth Tiger.” It was definitely the greatest way to end the night. As Matt Schultz descended into the crowd, they eagerly embraced him and caught his fall. No one was hurt during this stunt, thankfully. I can’t wait to see what they get into during the rest of their tour.
They’ll be back in the NJ/NY/PA area:
May 11th – Pennsauken Township, NJ – Radio 104.5’s 7th Birthday Show
June 22nd – Scranton, PA – Fuzzfest
July 26th – Buffalo, NY – Alternative Buffalo’s Kerfuffle w/ Bear Hands
July 27th – Albany, NY – Upstate Music Hall w/ Bear Hands
July 30th – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom w/ Bearhands
By: Eden Caprio