Cage The Elephant is Back & “Ready To Let Go”

Cage The Elephant has returned in 2019, after a three-year break from making new music in the studio. The wildly successful rock group dropped their newest single “Ready To Let Go” on Thursday alongside the announcement that their fifth studio album, Social Cues, will be blessing our ears on April 19th of this year.

Social Cues has a lot to live up to following Cage’s fourth studio album Tell Me I’m Pretty, which took home a Grammy in 2017 for best rock album. TMIP combined all of the best pieces of their first three studio albums into one, creating a gritty, melodic yet alternative-leaning sound that was as captivating and raw as it was innovative.

If “Ready To Let Go” is an indication, Cage The Elephant is going to mold all of their previous sounds into a new-but-familiar combination with their fifth album. The new single falls somewhere between songs like  “Cold Cold Cold,” (Tell Me I’m Pretty) “Shake Me Down,” (Thank You Happy Birthday) and “Spiderhead” (Melophobia).

Despite the upbeat feel of the song, in true Cage The Elephant form, the music video for “Ready To Let Go” (below) is dimly lit and contains plenty of taboo, cultish imagery. Watching through, it’s almost as though it’s a grittier follow up to the video for “Cold, Cold, Cold” which tells a story of a cult that disguises itself on the surface as an insane asylum.

The connection between the two makes a lot of sense, given that the majority of the material on Social Cues was written during the unravelling of Shultz’s relationship, who also directed the video for “Ready To Let Go.” In order make sense of such a difficult experience, he explored the hidden recesses of his psyche, creating characters to tell different parts of his personal story.

Schultz explained that “it can be a vehicle to act out things that are hard to confront,” and going on to say, “when I’m creating, I try to put myself in a reactive state of improvisational thought. I let images just arise in my mind and wait for it to evoke an emotional response and then when it does, I know I’m on to something…”

Regardless of any speculative connections, fans can be sure that Social Cues will have its own sonic identity, as each of their albums has done to date. No two Cage albums sound the same, which is one of the reasons why Cage The Elephant has had so much success in their decade of relevance among the modern rock elite. They’ve been able to consistently craft taste-making music that pushes rock’s status quo to new heights.

View the new music video for “Ready To Let Go” and the tracklist for Social Cues below:
Social Cues Tracklist:
    1. Broken Boy
    2. Social Cues
    3. Black Madonna
    4. Night Running
    5. Skin and Bones
    6. Ready To Let Go
    7. House of Glass
    8. Love’s the Only Way
    9. The War is Over
    10. Dance Dance
    11. What I’m Becoming
    12. Tokyo Smoke
This is a photo of Cage The Elephant's album cover for Social Cues
Social Cues – Cage The Elephant / © RCA Records 2019
Listen to Early Bird’s curated Cage The Elephant playlist:

Catfish and the Bottlemen Album Details Released

In the breaks between electrifying outdoor and festival shows in 2018, Van McCann (vocals, guitars), Johnny Bond (guitars), Robert “Bob” Hall (drums), and Benji Blakeway (bass) retreated with Irish producer Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers) to carefully craft The Balance over a 12-month period. Recorded in seclusion at two locations – Grouse Lodge in Moate, Republic of Ireland, and The Chapel in the countryside of East Lincolnshire – the band lived and breathed the album while residing together in rural isolation. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey (Florence + the Machine, Arcade Fire).

“We loved living in the same place,” says McCann. “We were staying there the whole time, so we were waking up around each other and working until we needed to go to bed. Jacknife was always up. He was the first up and the last awake. It’s good when you’re completely engulfed in recording in a place like that, living together, because every day and all day it was about the songs. We had fun too; they were the funniest album sessions we’ve done.”

In addition to the album name and familiar one-word song titles, the creative bridge between 2014’s platinum-certified debut, The Balcony and its gold-certified follow up, The Ride, has been reinforced by the band returning to San Francisco-based graphic artist Tim Lahan to provide cover artwork for a third time.

The eleven-track album features the new single “Longshot,” which has amassed over 6 million global streams since its January 8 release, as well as the live fan-favorite “Fluctuate.” “Longshot” hints that the band’s rapid ascent to “big hall” players has crossed over to influence their time in the studio. Fans will be able to hear these new songs live on the band’s upcoming U.S. headline tour which kicks off March 12 and will hit the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on March 22 and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on April 3. All tour dates along with the full album track listing can be found below.

THE BALANCE TRACK LISTING:

1. Longshot
2. Fluctuate
3. 2all
4. Conversation
5. Sidetrack
6. Encore
7. Basically
8. Intermission
9. Mission
10. Coincide
11. Overlap

CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN – U.S. TOUR DATES:

3/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
3/13 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
3/15 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Houston
3/16 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues – Dallas
3/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
3/19 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues – San Diego
3/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
3/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fox Theatre
3/25 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
3/26 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
3/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
3/29 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
3/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
4/2 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!

Hozier’s Sophomore Album Coming March 1: Listen to New Single

Irish singer/songwriter extraordinaire Hozier took to twitter and YouTube today to announce that his sophomore album, Wasteland, Baby will be released on March 1st of this year.

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Since the arrival of his eponymous debut album in September of 2014, Hozier has become a global sensation. To date, his debut album Hozier, which featured global hits like “Take Me to Church” and “Work Song,” has racked up more than 1.6 billion streams and close to 1 million albums sold to date.

Along with the album announcement, he released his first single of 2019, “Almost (Sweet Music).” The new song is an upbeat earworm of a tune that immediately captivates with a catchy melody and chorus that’s sure to make listeners want to sing along.

Wasteland, Baby! is due out March 1 on Columbia Records. You can watch the full album announcement video from YouTube below.

Full track listing:

  1. Nina Cried Power (featuring Mavis Staples)
  2. Almost (Sweet Music)
  3. Movement
  4. No Plan
  5. Nobody
  6. To Noise Making (Sing)
  7. As It Was
  8. Shrike
  9. Talk
  10. Be
  11. Dinner & Diatribes
  12. Would That I
  13. Sunlight
  14. Wasteland, Baby!

https://youtu.be/Uj9N5KPhXok

 

Catfish and the Bottlemen Announce U.S. Tour, “Longshot”

Welsh rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen released a new single on Tuesday alongside a huge announcement that they’re setting out on a US Tour run in 2019, which begins in mid-March. Along with the new single came a simple-yet-elegant music video of the band performing the song by the oceanside at a tented stage. As always, the band’s energy and charisma adds another dimension to the standout single. Check out the video and US tour dates below

MAR 12 EGYPTIAN ROOM AT OLD NATIONAL CENTRE INDIANAPOLIS, IN, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 13 THE PAGEANT SAINT LOUIS, MO, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 15 HOUSE OF BLUES HOUSTON, TX, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 16 HOUSE OF BLUES DALLAS, TX, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 18 THE VAN BUREN PHOENIX, AZ, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 19 HOUSE OF BLUES SAN DIEGO, CA, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 22 HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 23 FOX THEATRE SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 25 ROSELAND THEATRE PORTLAND, OR, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 26 SHOWBOX SODO SEATTLE, WA, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 28 THE DEPOT SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 29 OGDEN THEATRE DENVER, CO, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
MAR 31 MIDLAND THEATRE KANSAS CITY, MO, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
APR 02 EXPRESS LIVE! COLUMBUS, OH, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN
APR 03 BROOKLYN STEEL BROOKLYN, NY, USA ON SALE 11TH JAN