Cage the Elephant

Cage the Elephant

'Thank You Happy Birthday' album

Thank You Happy Birthday, Cage the Elephant’s latest album, has shoved fun straight down our throats as we feel compelled to sing along to songs like “Shake Me Down” and “Always Something.” If you haven’t experienced this album, I can’t express to you how much this album will make your day. This alternative rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky formed in 2006 and has since released two albums, the other being titled Cage the Elephant.

The five-piece band made up simple of voice, guitar and percussion can fill a room with a growth of sound that seems to fill up to the rims of your eyelids with reckless emotion that, as far as I’m concerned, can connect with any listener. Their lead singer, Matthew Shultz has a vocal style that you can instantly recognize with his punk rock ego. 

Their songs “Back Against the Wall” and “In One Ear” both charted at number one on the U.S. alternative songs chart and “Shake Me Down” hitting top ten at the U.S. main charts. Encompassing grunge and blues into one band, these guys seem to have it down to a science on how to connect people to their music. 

If you like bands such as The Strokes, Weezer, or The Kills, I wouldn’t doubt you’d like Cage the Elephant. My personal favorite song of theirs would have to be “Shake Me Down” because of its simple groove that even the most awkward of dancers, like myself, can find a comfortable niche in.