Ok so I found these guys a few days ago when I had really bad insomnia. Bored as hell at 4 in the morning, I got on the net and went to the Billboard 200 to see what was new in the indie universe. The result? These guys, Cage the Elephant. An interesting blend of indie-rock and blues-inspired punk, CTE was listed in the top ten on the independent releases for that day, so I decided to check out the first single from their self-titled debut album, "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." Now, on first listen, I saw nothing amazing about this track. it was only about 8 hours later when I heard it for the first time on the radio (that day, go figure), that it really hit me. A fantastic blend of a blues beats and clever lyrics, not to mention a killer slide guitar, "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" is the track to listen to if you want something completely new.
Now for the non-American readers, all this info won't be anything new, considering their album was released in the U.K. in June of last year, a full year before the release of it here in the U.S. Yet that doesn't at all diminish the awesome new sound of Cage the Elephant; made up of Matt Shultz (lead vocals), Brad Shultz (rhythm guitar), Jared Champion (drums), Daniel Tichenor (bass and backing vocals), and Lincoln Parish (lead guitar). Pick up their debut album Cage the Elephant now.
Sounds Like: The White Stripes, The Vines
Key Tracks from Cage the Elephant: "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked," "In One Ear," "Lotus"