With Cage the Elephant putting the finishing touches on their next album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, the band released the first single from it, “Mess Around.” The rock ensemble’s fourth album–set to be released December 18th–is said to take the band in a new direction. The band decided to have The Black Keys’ frontman, Dan Auerbach, produce the album instead of their past, longtime hitmaker, Jay Joyce.
Lead singer, Matt Schultz, has said, “With this record, we wanted to be more transparent. We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that.” With this new direction and having Auerbach oversee the album’s production, Tell Me I’m Pretty could be set to be the band’s most adventurous release yet. Jay Joyce not only produced Cage’s first three albums, but also has done monumental work with the likes of Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Could Auerbach’s blues-rock background take the band in a new, darker direction or will he try to flex his musical expertise by giving the band a new sound? In a month, we will all find out for sure.
The band itself has also had a bit of a shake-up with the departure of guitarist, Lincoln Parish. Cage the Elephant now consists of singer Matt Schultz, his brother, Brad Schultz on guitar, bassist Daniel Tichenor, and drummer Jared Champion. Although a minor change up to the band’s dynamics, this too could play into how recording sessions went and any decisions that were made.
Cage the Elephant has been one of the most successful alternative rock bands since their 2009 hit, “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” and face high expectations for their new album. 2011 saw the release of their second album, Thank You, Happy Birthday, which received positive reception from critics and featured the hit song “Shake Me Down.” And in 2013, their third album, Melophobia, was released. The album showed a more mature sound for the band and featured the hits “Come a Little Closer,” “Take It or Leave It,” and “Cigarette Daydreams.”
A lot is going right for Cage the Elephant, so all eyes are set on whether or not they can deliver with their forthcoming fourth album. With a sound that has expanded from punkish, garage-rock to now an alternative rock sound that can rely on electric or acoustic guitars alike, Tell Me I’m Pretty has the chance to keep the band’s momentum rolling. December 18th cannot come soon enough.
et to be released on December 18th