By: Savannah CarterCage the Elephant, an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, formed in 2006 and consists of Matthew Shultz as lead vocalist, Lincoln Parish on lead guitar, Brad Shultz on rhythm guitar, Daniel Tichenor on bass guitar and Jared Champion on drums. The band has quickly gained a large following since the release of their first, self-titled album in 2008 in the UK and then in 2009 in the USA, Australia, Japan etc. They are known and loved for their unique sound and their high-energy live performances. After the release of their first album they were immediately recognised as saviours of slacker funk-punk thanks to their hit “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” which reached number 32 on the UK Singles Chart and was featured in the Gearbox Software video game Borderlands. They have worked with a few record labels including RCA Records, Jive Records, Relentless Records.
The band’s second album “Thank You, Happy Birthday” was released in January 2011 and definitely did not disappoint fans with its quirkiness and funk-punk sound. The album sold 39,000 copies during its first week in the US, debuting at Number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The hit song off the album, “Shake Me Down” was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video in September 2011 but lost to “Walk” by the Foo Fighters. The band’s audience began to snowball as their fan base expanded exponentially throughout 2011. Although they were formed in the late 2000s, the band earned the top spot in Rolling Stone‘s “Reader’s Poll: The Best New Artist of 2011”. The magazine also named “Thank You, Happy Birthday” as the 15th best album of the year. In January 2012, the band released a live album titled “Live from The Vic in Chicago”, recorded during their 2011 tour and also their tour with the Big Day Out music festival.