CAGE THE ELEPHANT’S NEW ALBUM “UNPEELED” DROPS JULY 28
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs, Editor-In-Chief
Grammy Award winners, Cage The Elephant will release “Unpeeled” on July 28.
The new album, on RCA Records, was recorded over a series of intimate shows in cities. They included: Los Angeles, Washington DC, Knoxville, and Nashville where the band performed in a stripped down arrangement with a string quartet and additional percussion.
“Unpeeled” features 21 tracks: 18 curated songs from their past four albums plus three re-imagined versions of existing songs.
Front man Matt Shultz touched on the inspiration behind the album. “Many times you’re adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind, and what you don’t realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song.”
Cage The Elephant recently premiered their music video for “Whole Wide World,” featured on "Unpeeled "on "Consequence Of Sound."
The song, originally written and performed by Wreckless Eric, was re-imagined and recorded by the band at their sold-out, hometown show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.
Cage The Elephant are currently touring throughout Europe and have confirmed dates at some of the continent’s largest festivals, including France’s Main Square Festival, Spain’s Mad Cool Festival, and Switzerland’s Openair St. Gallen.
The band will also perform a special show at Union Chapel where UK fans will experience the new versions of their songs as they will appear on “UNPEELED,” with a string quartet and in a stripped back arrangement.
Cage The Elephant consists of singer Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, drummer Jared Champion, bassist Daniel Tichenor, lead guitarist Nick Bockrath and Matthan Minster on keyboard and backing vocals.
The group will kick off its tour June 23 in Beuningen, Netherlands.
Cage The Elephant will also be state-side starting in July and will play US festivals including Forecastle Festival, Lollapalooza, and Osheaga Music & Arts.
Additional shows will be on July 23 in San Marcos, TX at the Float Fest 2017, Sept. 23 in Las Vegas at the Life Is Beautiful Festival and Oct. 7 in San Bernardino, CA at Cal Jam.
The tour will conclude Nov. 18 in Mexico City, Mexico at the Corona Capital.
Cage The Elephant received their first Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album” for their fourth studio album, “Tell Me I’m Pretty,” which was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
At radio, Cage The Elephant holds the record for the most #1 Alternative songs of any artist this decade. “Tell Me I’m Pretty’s” first two singles “Mess Around” and “Trouble,” both topped the Alternative charts at #1 (“Mess Around” also hit #1 at Triple A).
The track “Trouble” maintained its bullet on the Alternative radio chart for an astounding 41 weeks.
Editor’s Note: Information used in this report obtained from RCA Records publicity department.