Over the next 11 weeks I’ll dig deep into the 2014 Coachella Music Festival lineup, featuring one band per day. The purpose of this piece is to assist in difficult decisions that inevitably you’ll need to make, as well as, serve as a fun countdown to Coachella Week. Note: All bands appear in a completely random order… Enjoy, and let the countdown begin!
Day 27 = Cage The Elephant
Performing = Saturday
Cage The Elephant are an alternative rock band that formed back in 2006 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The band has released three unique albums over their eight year career. The first was a self-titled release in 2008 that fuses classic, funk, and blues rock. The album would have fit very nicely if it was released in say…1997. You remember, those god-awful bands on the radio back then like Sublime, Everlast, Smashmouth, and dare I say the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The tune “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” was somehow well-received, and wound up putting the band’s career in motion.
The quartet’s second release Thank You Happy Birthday dropped in 2011 and was geared with more brash punk influences. I actually find it offensive that the band cites the Pixies as influential in the making of this album. Below I included the track “Aberdeen,” you can decide for yourself.
The band has toned it down on their latest 2013 release Melophobia, claiming they been listening to a lot of MGMT. Maybe they can collaborate with them out in the desert, how fun would that be! Speaking of collaborating, the track “It’s Just Forever” features Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Dead Weather). The lead single from the album “Come A Little Closer” is their first attempt at being accepted on grown-up radio. The image I’ve provided is the band’s first step in looking all KOL…
The band has toured relentlessly over the last five plus years. I’ve actually crossed paths with them three times, amazingly, and have never been impressed. I saw them twice at festival appearances, including 2011′s Pottychella. The third was when they opened for one of my top guilty pleasures… Stone Temple Pilots.
Mark, sorry I made you wait almost a month for this one.
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“Come A Little Closer”
“Back Against The Wall”