Cage the Elephant at Myth, 5/16/14
|Photo by Anna Gulbrandsen|
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|
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.