Cage The Elephant

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Cage the Elephant's radio debut began with 'Ain't No Rest for the Wicked,' that was soon followed by 'Back Against the Wall.' Recently, 'In One Ear,' started playing on the radio in heavy rotation. The group has had several Billboard hits, proving that this band is more than a one-hit wonder. The music genre is something like The White Stripes, Beck and Cake, but still in a class of their own, with catchy beats and sing-along lyrics. 'Tonight was really good,' Brad Shultz said. 'It's a good vibe .. it felt like our home town.' Join Carrie Resch as she reviews Cage the Elephant for MetroJacksonville!



Cage the Elephant and the audience were free as birds Tuesday night at Freebird Live on Tuesday night.  The PunkFunk slash Rock-Alternative band let loose in a memorable show for Jacksonville concert-goers.

The show sold out with about 700 people crowded inside the Jacksonville Beach venue. It would have been standing room only if there were actually any seats in the bar. Fans not lucky enough to score tickets eagerly looking in the windows.

College student, Mike Clarke and his friends drove from Tallahassee to see the band for fun and because of rumors he had heard about the group.  He said he heard that the band was “raw live, like the apocalypse of live shows.”


Lead Singer, Matt Shultz, guitarist, Brad Shultz and bass guitarist, Daniel Tichenor

The rumors, it turns out, were true.  It really was a raw performance.  The band was almost indistinguishable from their album which could have disappointed some in attendance that were expecting a more harmonious show.  Amps whined and microphones screeched from time to time during the charged sets. The sound and feel was almost that of a heavy metal garage band.  Even with the amped-up version of their songs and the shrieking vocals, the band could do no wrong in the eyes of the rowdy crowd.  To my surprise a mosh pit broke out in sync with the crowd surfers while those near the stage were squished and stretched in a sweaty mess.

Cage the Elephant is made up of vocalist, Matt Shultz, guitarists Brad Shultz and Lincoln Parish, bass guitarist, Daniel Tichenor, and drummer, Jared Champion.

Matt Shultz looked like the ghost of Kurt Cobain with his chin-length blonde hair covering his face as he bobbed to the music and freely jumped around on stage.  He later said that he learned how to dance from children and Iggy Pop.  


Matt and Brad Shultz.

The crowd was mostly made up of Gen Xers with a couple of 50-somethings interspersed, and the group as a whole was ready to party.  Girls were screaming at the top of their lungs like it was Beatlemania.  Others were holding their ears during the encore song, ironically called, “In One Ear.”

Members of security at the Freebird said that it wasn’t that big of a deal as far as the roughness of the concert, but it was the first time in the three consecutive concerts I have attended there that security was in front of the stage. There were numerous crowd surfers, even Matt Shultz, himself lurched on top of the crowd, twice.


Matt Shultz crowd surfing during the show.

He also randomly threw pita bread into the audience like Frisbees, even taking a bite out of one before throwing it to the crowd.

“It was amazing, I saw them once before at the Florida Theatre with Silversun Pickups,” Cody Hinkel of Jacksonville said.  “He [Matt Shultz] had to be more restrained at this show because of the way this venue is set up.  At the Florida Theatre he was running up and down the aisles.”

This was my first time seeing the band live.  I was introduced to the group through radio play and liked their songs and sound on the album.  I was excited at the chance to see a band seemingly on the cusp of becoming huge in such an intimate venue.  

Cage the Elephant’s radio debut began with “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” that was soon followed by “Back Against the Wall.” Recently, “In One Ear,” started playing on the radio in heavy rotation. The group has had several Billboard hits, proving that this band is more than a one-hit wonder. The music genre is something like The White Stripes, Beck and Cake, but still in a class of their own, with catchy beats and sing-along lyrics.


Cage the Elephant band members guitarist Lincoln Parish, vocalist Matt Shultz, drummer Jared Champion, and guitarist Brad Shultz.

“Tonight was really good,” Brad Shultz said. “It’s a good vibe – it felt like our home town.”  

Band member Daniel Tichenor agreed. “This is a cool place,” Tichenor said. “We will be back.” He also stated that the Jacksonville Beach show was pretty standard for one of their shows.  

The Jacksonville stop was part of a concert tour for the band’s debut self-titled album released in 2008, but they played only five songs from the album and eight new songs including, “Dr.Dr.Dr.” The band recently finished working their second album.

The new album currently has 18 songs that they will trim to 12-14 tracks according to guitarist Brad Shultz.  He said that the new album is a lot different than there previous album but that it shows growth.



guitarist Lincoln Parish, vocalist Matt Shultz, bass guitarist, Daniel Tichenor, and guitarist Brad Shultz.

“I’m proud of our band because we write as a unit, we all contribute,” Brad Shultz said.

The band members ended up being very nice and down to Earth guys.

Matt Shultz even ran out on stage after the show and invited the crowd to come join him make sandcastles on the beach, a novelty for the Bowling Green, Kentucky natives. The crowd was literally singing Kumbaya when I arrived beachside, an extreme opposite from the “what just happened?” in your face show. Shultz and others in the group took turns playing and singing with an acoustic guitar “It’s all about the music,” Shultz said.  One member of the beach group jokingly requested Freebird paying homage to the concert venue.


Matt Shultz playing the guitar and singing on Jacksonville Beach with fans after the concert.

They definitely have their fans and followers and picked up some new ones on this visit, including me.  Any band willing to hang out with their fans like they have known each other for years deserves some respect in my opinion.

“I’ll tell you what, this right here is worth like two hundred and fifty bucks – no, you know what?  This is priceless,” Steve Rowlings of Nassau County said while hanging out with the group on the beach. “You cannot put a price on this kind of fun.”

Carrie Resch
5/18/10