Cage the Elephant at Myth, 5/16/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen
Cage the Elephant
with Foals and J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Myth Nightclub, Maplewood
Thursday, May 16, 2014

Even if Cage the Elephant isn't a household name just yet, you most likely have heard at least one of their songs. The band had a pretty successful 2013 that is bleeding into 2014. With the release of their latest album Melophobia late last year followed with touring, the band has managed to ride a strong wave.

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Slideshow: Cage the Elephant pack the Myth

Lead singer Matthew Shultz strolled out casually and nonchalantly, almost as if he was bashful of the spotlight, yet, when he reached center stage, something changed and the lightswitch was flipped and didn't shut off for the rest of the evening. He was magnetic, dynamic,  energetic, and fascinating to say the least. A shirtless Shultz hardly stood still for a second, and when he did, it was rare and to address the rabid crowd, and by that time of the evening drunk, crowd that crammed into the Myth to catch one of their renowned live performances.
Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen
From the opening notes of "Spiderhead" to the encore, Cage the Elephant was all force driven by Shultz. Matthew has a strong enough voice to carry it over the driving guitars in all of the pieces, but it has a higher range that allows it to live by itself so it doesn't get lost in the instrumentation.

On "Aberdeen" and "Teeth," the band drew influences from Nirvana -- Shultz even looks a bit like the late singer, but he moves like Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots. "Ain't No Rest For the Wicked" was the band's breakout hit, and one of aforementioned pieces that you have heard before, and had the crowd in a frenzy. With audience members acting and dancing out the song as if they were in a music video, glasses were raised and things got a little rowdy, except one couple that made out the entire time by the women's bathroom -- they didn't pay attention to anyone else.

The night did take a few breaks for a few slower pieces in "Halo" and "Take it or Leave It," allowing the crowd surfers a breath, although not as many as anticipated. Perhaps they just wanted to enjoy the show.

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