Press Release





GRAMMY® Award winners, Cage The Elephant will release Unpeeled worldwide on July 28th via RCA Records. The new album was recorded over a series of intimate shows in cities including Los Angeles, Washington DC, Knoxville, and Nashville where the band performed in a stripped down arrangement with a string quartet and additional percussion. Unpeeled features twenty-one tracks: eighteen curated songs from their past four albums plus three reimagined versions of existing songs. Said front man Matt Shultz about the inspiration behind the album: “Many times you’re adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind, and what you don’t realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song.” Preorder the album here.

Today, Cage The Elephant premiere their music video for “Whole Wide World,” featured on Unpeeled, on Consequence Of Sound.  The song, originally written and performed by Wreckless Eric, was re-imagined and recorded by the band at their sold-out, hometown show at the Ryman Auditorium and you can watch the live video here. Recently, Cage The Elephant appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers to perform the Unpeeled versions of “Whole Wide World” and “Too Late to Say Goodbye”.

Cage The Elephant are currently touring throughout Europe and have confirmed dates at some of the continent’s largest festivals, including France’s Main Square Festival, Spain’s Mad Cool Festival, and Switzerland’s Openair St. Gallen. The band will also perform a special show at London’s Union Chapel where UK fans will experience the new versions of their songs as they will appear on Unpeeled, with a string quartet and in a stripped back arrangement. In addition, Cage The Elephant will be state-side starting in July and will play US festivals including Forecastle Festival, Lollapalooza, and Osheaga Music & Arts. Tickets for these dates are on-sale now available here.

Cage The Elephant received their first GRAMMY® AWARD for Best Rock Album for their fourth studio album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, which was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. At radio, Cage The Elephant holds the record for the most #1 Alternative songs of any artist this decade. Tell Me I’m Pretty’s first two singles “Mess Around” and “Trouble,” both topped the Alternative charts at #1 (“Mess Around” also hit #1 at Triple A). In addition, Trouble maintained its bullet on the Alternative radio chart for an astounding 41 weeks. “Cold Cold Cold,” went top 5 at both Alternative and Triple A. Watch the video for “Cold Cold Cold” and “Trouble,” both directed by singer Matt Shultz.

Cage The Elephant consists of singer Matt Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, drummer Jared Champion, bassist Daniel Tichenor, lead guitarist Nick Bockrath and Matthan Minster on keyboard and backing vocals. Long celebrated as one of the most explosive live bands in the world, Cage The Elephant have sold out several headlining runs including a summer 2016 arena tour and recent sold out UK and European tour. Additionally, Cage The Elephant’s self-titled debut album was recently certified RIAA platinum.

Critical Acclaim for Tell Me I’m Pretty:

“It’s a daring, deliberate shift for Cage The Elephant” – The New York Times

“Tell Me I’m Pretty…is their best yet – melodically taut garage rock with psychedelic flourishes and a fighting edge” – Rolling Stone

“[Tell Me I’m Pretty] swaggers with a raw, psychedelic sound” – Billboard

“The record is grimy, gritty, and thick rock ‘n’ roll” – AV Club

Unpeeled Track Listing

01 Cry Baby
02 Whole Wide World
03 Sweetie Little Jean
04 Spiderhead
05 Take It Or Leave It
06 Too Late To Say Goodbye
07 Punchin’ Bag
08 Shake Me Down
09 Telescope
10 Instant Crush
11 Trouble
12 Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
13 Rubber Ball
14 Aberdeen
15 Golden Brown
16 Cold Cold Cold
17 How Are You True
18 Come A Little Closer
19 Back Against The Wall
20 Cigarette Daydreams
21 Right Before My Eyes


June 23 /// Beuningen, Netherlands /// Down The Rabbit Hole%
June 24 /// Paris, France /// Solidays%
June 27 /// Nottingham, UK /// Rock City
June 28 /// Cardiff, UK /// Tramshed
June 30 /// St. Gallen, Switzerland /// Openair St. Gallen%
July 1 /// Arras, France /// Main Square Festival%
July 2 /// Rotselaar, Belgium /// Rock Werchter%
July 4 /// Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic /// Rock For People%
July 6 /// Bilbao, Spain /// Bilbao BBK Live%
July 7 /// Madrid, Spain /// Mad Cool Festival%
July 8 /// Lisbon, Portugal /// Nos Alive%
July 10 /// London, UK /// Union Chapel*
July 14 /// Louisville, KY /// Forecastle Festival%
July 23 /// San Marcos, TX /// Float Fest 2017%
July 28 /// Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada /// Wayhome Music & Arts Festival%
August 3 /// Chicago, IL /// Lollapalooza%
August 5 /// Montreal, QC, Canada /// Osheaga Music & Arts%
September 9 /// St Louis, MO /// Loufest%
September 23 /// Las Vegas, NV /// Life Is Beautiful Festival%
September 30 /// Mobile, AL /// Ten Sixty Five Street Party%
October 7 /// San Bernardino, CA /// Cal Jam 17%
November 18 /// Mexico City, Mexico /// Corona Capital%

*Unpeeled Performance
%Festival Date

For more information, please contact Mary Moyer or Emilio Herce at Q Prime, 212.302.9790, or Sarah Weinstein Dennison at RCA Publicity, 212-833-5593.

Artist Bio


“With this record, we wanted to be more transparent,” says Matt Shultz, lead singer of Cage the Elephant. “We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that.”

With their fourth album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, Cage the Elephant are pushing the advances they made with their last record—2013’s Melophobia, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Album—while also drawing from the sounds that initially inspired them to start making music back in their hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The results are the band’s most forceful and focused songs yet, a set of concise, punchy garage-pop with a feel that guitarist Brad Shultz describes as “a psychedelic John Wayne at an Iggy Pop show.”

Long celebrated as one of the most explosive live bands in the world, Melophobia took the band to new heights, spinning off two Number One singles on the Alternative charts, “Come a Little Closer” and “Cigarette Daydreams.” The group felt a new liberation during the course of making that record, a confidence that carried over into the sessions for Pretty.

“The last record was such a big breakthrough for us that it spilled over into this one, and allowed us to work freely from the very start,” says Brad. “Usually I feel so empty after each record—like we’ve poured everything out and there’s nothing left in the tank. But I was so inspired that I just continued to write, and it was really natural and enjoyable.”

Matt claims that some of the album’s direction can be traced to a blistering performance he gave at Bonnaroo in 2013, singing “Break On Through (to the Other Side)” at the late-night SuperJam backed by an all-star band including Robbie Krieger of the Doors. “It was a massive affirmative,” he says. “Rock and roll has become somewhat of an uncool thing to talk about in the mainstream world, almost as if it’s a dirty word. With that performance, I could clearly see that it to be a hole that’s missing in music today—that classic sound and energy that people are dying for. We definitely wanted to pay homage to that, to the bands we discovered rock and roll through, the music we cut our teeth on.”

“When me and Matt started writing,” says Brad, “it was because of our father, who was a songwriter. We listened to Tommy James and the Shondells, the Beatles, Chuck Berry, the Stones. That’s what came natural to us. We were maybe fighting that on our previous records, but this time, the approach for me was that it’s sometimes better to take a step back to move forward.”



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