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Cage The Elephant is an American Alternative Rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Since their founding in 2006 (as an offshoot of Perfect Confusion, a band in which many of the members previously played), Cage The Elephant has gained popularity in the US and UK indie scenes for their energetic sound and live performances. Their sound is a blend of Punk Rock and Blues Rock and they are often classified as part of the 2000s garage rock revival. The band came to prominence with their hit single "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" (used as the title music in Borderlands), and have followed up with several more.

Current Line-up:

  • Matt Schultz- vocals
  • Brad Schultz- guitar
  • Jared Champion- drums
  • Daniel Tichenor- bass
  • Nick Bockrath- lead guitar(2017-present)
  • Matthan Minster- keyboards(2017-present)

Former Members:

  • Lincoln Parish- lead guitar(2006-2013)


  • Cage The Elephant (2008)
  • Thank You, Happy Birthday (2011)
  • Melophobia (2013)
  • Tell Me I'm Pretty (2015)
  • Unpeeled (acoustic live album, 2017)
  • Social Cues (2019)

This band provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Animated Music Video: The video for 'Aberdeen' is animated with beautiful Stop Motion.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Around My Head". Well, sort of.
  • Anti-Villain: In "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked", the character sings about people who did really crooked things for money (a woman who does prostitution, an armed thief, and a corrupt priest). He comes to the conclusion that they, like himself, had bills to pay.
  • Careful with That Axe:
    • "In One Ear" and "Free Love" both have Matt screaming his head off before the final chorus.
    • "Sabretooth Tiger" has Matt doing this for the entire chorus.
    • One might have figured Matt had multiple pairs of legs on "Japanese Buffalo".
  • Cover Version: On EPs and in live versions, they've covered "False Skorpion" (Pavement), "Kids" (MGMT), "Monkey Disease" (Iodine), "Psycho Killer" (Talking Heads), and "All Apologies" (Nirvana).
  • Cynicism Catalyst: "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" has an example, with the protagonist coming home after being approached by a prostitute, and shortly afterwards robbed. He turns on the TV, and what should he see but a preacher getting arrested for stealing from the church, making him realize that we're all the same -- oh yes, we all seek out to satisfy those thrills.
  • Dying Dream: The music video for "Shake Me Down".


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