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CAGE THE ELEPHANT SHARE NEW SONG ‘GOOD TIME’NEW ALBUM, NEON PILL, OUT MAY 17TH VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS

CAGE THE ELEPHANT SHARE NEW SONG ‘GOOD TIME’


NEW ALBUM, NEON PILL, OUT MAY 17TH VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS 


45-DATE NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR KICKS OFF ON JUNE 20TH




Photo and album artwork by Neil Krug


Today, Cage The Elephant, the GRAMMY® Award winning rock band share their new single ‘Good Time’, off their forthcoming album Neon Pill out May 17th on Columbia Records. ‘Good Time’ follows recent singles from the new album including ‘Out Loud’ and ‘Neon Pill’.



Matthew Shultz shares about the new song “‘Good Time’ was one of those rare tracks that captivated me almost instantaneously.  The instrumentation hit so hard, with an energy that was so commanding, that it was almost as if I couldn’t have kept myself from writing something to it if I had wanted to. Very different from anything we had ever written before, and somehow it still felt relatively familiar in contrast to our prior works. It felt like visually the music was some strange monstrous alien creature thunderously marching and stumbling down a crowded street in the middle of a parade on a sweltering hot summer day or something weird like that. I wanted the vocals to dance around and play with that energy. To be potent and at the same time intuitive or a seemingly random mumbling. As though they were a frantically ranted broken confessional piece. To illustrate as best as possible, psychosis and the entanglement of the inner dialog that constantly circulates when in that state. At the same time, in a playful way, sarcastically proclaiming that it was all just a good time or perhaps more so allowing the sarcastic statement to remain open as more of  a question itself. A party song which beneath the surface, anthemic as it may be, might not be a party song at all.” 



The new album finds the Kentucky-bred six piece—brothers Matthew Shultz [vocals] and Brad Shultz [guitar], Daniel Tichenor [bass], Jared Champion [drums], Nick Bockrath [lead guitar], and Matthan Minster [guitar, keys, backing vocals]— forging new musical ground, while maintaining their uncompromising creativity and wildly cathartic performances. 



The album is available to pre-order on all formats here



From their humble beginnings in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cage The Elephant have gone on to become one of the generation’s premier rock bands. They have earned dozens of Gold, Platinum, and Multi Platinum certifications, and tallied over 5 billion streams. Their previous two albums Tell Me I’m Pretty [2015] and Social Cues [2019] garnered consecutive Best Rock Album GRAMMY® Awards. They are maybe most celebrated for their live show. The stage is their home turf, where they are most comfortable, and their performances, ecstatic and unchained, as well as cathartic and soul bearing are what Neon Pill achieves in documenting.



Neon Pill, produced by John Hill, materialised during sessions at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Electric Lady in New York, Sound Emporium in Nashville, Echo Mountain in North Carolina, and at Hill’s own studio in Los Angeles, and alchemized a season of tragedy and turbulence into the twelve tracks on their sixth full-length album. Nine months  into the pandemic, Matthew and Brad lost their father. The band weathered the back-to-back deaths of friends, while Matthew experienced depression and a mental breakdown, culminating in hospitalisation. Coming out on the other side, he learned quite a bit about himself, and gained a whole lot of strength and wisdom. Neon Pill came to life in the eye of the storm.



Cage The Elephant’s 45-date North American US tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off on June 20 in Salt Lake City with shows in cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City (full dates below), with support from Young The Giant & Bakar on most dates.  Tickets and VIP available for all dates are on sale now here




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