What happens when the constant touring ends and a band has time to cool their heels and focus on writing a new album? In Cage The Elephant’s case they were able strenthen themselves on both a personal and creative level. The end result was Melophobia, the band’s follow up to 2011′s Thank You, Happy Birthday. On Melophobia (which a medical dictionary will define as a fear of music ) Cage The Elephant displays anything but that fear, instead they expand their sound by tapping into the freespirited energy of glam and power-pop which enirch Melophobia, making the album a stellar addition to the band’s already solid discography.
In support of Melophobia, Cage The Elephant’s singer Matt Schultz and guitarist Lincoln Perish sat down with Jim McGuinn to reflect on the process of creating Melophobia both musically and lyrically, the challenges of making an album as a group while working with material written as individuals, and what they’ve done with the time that is usually consumed by touring.
To complete the Melophbia experience provided by Schultz and Perish during 45 minute special, listeners are treated to a handful of tracks from the album and after hearing where each track came from, they feel just a little bit more special. XRT listeners may already be familiar with the album’s lead single “Come A Little Closer” so hearing songs like “Spiderhead” and the incredible “Hypocrite” will be exciting territory for ears already accustomed to the small sample of Cage The Elephant’s great new album.
Melophobia was released on October 8th, so check out this awesome look inside the album courtesy of the band before you pick it up.