I can't help but feel a little bit of nostalgia for the Kentucky native band, Cage the Elephant. These guys really ignited the flame for my youthful angst and showed me what a rock band looks like on stage with a single set of intentions: to make music and ignite a crowd. Cage the Elephant co-opened for 30 Seconds to Mars with Copenhagen derivatives, New Politics. I was 13 years old, but the crowd made me forget that I would be going back to a bland, Ohio middle school the next day. Seven years have passed and I have seen Cage the Elephant's fanbase explode in numbers and value, and the band's individualized horizon expand.
"Cry Baby," off of their 2015 record Tell Me I'm Pretty just released a music video to pair with the track. The video encapsulates what it means to be a band with a passion for rock and roll, a growing career, life on the road, and an inner sense of youth that shines through in truly great alternative music.The video for "Cry Baby" is basically a teaser for the fact that Cage the Elephant will be taking their style, music, and sense of play across the entire world for their next tour. A compilation of charming hoodrat footage, is scored by Matt Shultz's voice, and the band's take on calm, new rock.
Looking back at Matt Schultz' confidence on stage as an up-and-coming rock star, I think anyone in that intimate and rugged crowd seven years ago will say that Matt's place in this world is pliable, so long as he is on a stage. The band as a whole has matured and redefined their identity while still appealing to their original fanbase. With that being said, Cage the Elephant as an exciting and worthy enough discographical past, that as long they continue to stick to their guns and style, any music video paired with their sound will be one to know.