Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in 2006. The band's first album,
Cage the Elephant, was released in 2009 to much success, spawning several successful
radio singles and gained the band a large following in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Cage the
Elephant are known for high octane live performances and for possessing an eclectic sound.
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Alternative rock, garage rock, punk blues, indie rock
Matthew Shultz - lead vocals
Lincoln Parish - lead guitar
Brad Shultz - rhythm guitar
Daniel Tichenor - bass guitar, backing vocals
Jared Champion - drums, percussion
Matthew Shultz explains:
"We were in Knoxville, Tennessee, hanging outside a club after a show-this is probably in 2006,
and we saw this guy with a shaved head and a long goatee yelling and screaming and talking to himself.
I'm pretty sure he had some mental issues going on. He all of a sudden beelined towards us.
Everyone jumped into our car and shut the doors.
But I didn't make it into the car.
I was stuck outside. I thought for sure the guy was gonna stab me or something, but then
he came up to me and gave me a hug. The whole time he was saying, 'You have to cage the elephant,
you have to cage the elephant.' Afterwards, I was like, 'We gotta name the band that.'"