Cage the Elephant Unveil New ‘Melophobia’ Tracks at Los Angeles Radio Performance
The band used the platform to play a mixture of older favorites as well as three new cuts from the 'Melophobia' album. After a brief interview session with host Kat Corbett and questions from the audience, the Kentucky-based five-piece delivered a blistering, energetic six-song set for those packed into the KROQ Red Bull Sound Space.
Cage the Elephant opened their set with 'Spiderhead' off the 'Melophobia' album. The upbeat rocker is certain to be one of the new album standouts and found frontman Matt Shultz bounding across the stage to the band's infectious licks while drummer Jared Champion drove the beat. Taking things up a notch, Cage the Elephant brought out the familiar 'Back Against the Wall' next. The performance also included a scary yet impressive moment when bassist Daniel Tichenor got too close to the end of the stage and tumbled to the ground. However, the bassist, whose legs were the only thing visible on the stage, finished the song flat on his back without missing a note before Shultz helped pull him back up.
The guitar work of Lincoln Parish and Brad Shultz took center stage for 'Ain't No Rest for the Wicked,' the song that helped break the band to a wider audience. The performance also included a fun moment where Matt Shultz knowingly taunted a fan in the audience who earlier asked why he never sang part of a verse on the song during shows. When that part came up, Shultz minimally mumbled into the mic, danced away from the mic and sent a smile in the audience member's direction.
The remainder of the set included the blistering new track 'Teeth,' which had the Jagger-esque frontman and the band delivering what's sure to be one of the highlights of their live sets for years to come. After fan favorite 'Shake Me Down,' the group finished out with their current single 'Come a Little Closer,' with fans joining in the vocals.
The Cage the Elephant performance streamed on the KROQ Red Bull Sound Space website for a limited period over the weekend and highlights from the show are expected to be part of the cataloged Red Bull Sound Space performances. Check out our photo gallery from the Cage the Elephant performance below.
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