Cage The Elephant are renowned for their explosive live performances, however, nothing compares to what I witnessed from the front that night. My lingering memory of this monstrously energetic show is of course the captivating Matt Shultz. Erupting onto the stage, this frantic frontman was full of exhilaration and excitement. He was like a dancer on fire with his feet barely touching the ground throughout the show, making sure he used every inch of the huge stage the Brixton venue offered.
The show kicks off with iconic songs such as ‘In One Ear’, the opening track from their self-titled debut album. With beaming smiles and passionate eyes, there was a sense of absolute freedom right from the start. The stage was full of vibrant flashing lights, matching the thrill of the gloriously well-loved favourites. Arguably the best sing-along live ‘Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked’ was a notable track due to the response from the mad crowd who screamed the lyrics back. The constant jumping and encouragement of the crowd was utterly electrifying.
Change of pace came when Matt takes an acoustic approach with the song ‘Right Before My Eyes’. Swiftly carrying on with an intimate and sentimental tone, track ‘Cigarette Daydreams’ seemed to give an emotional touch as the band gently disappear off the stage. They soon bounce back quickly which yet again broke the heartfelt tension. For a fittingly wild end to an inspiring live show, Shultz humbly takes the opportunity to announce his view to the respected crowd. With hands above his head he states: “It’s time for the majorities to stand up for the minorities.”
This Kentucky four-piece have yet again blown everyones minds with a wonderfully free experience. The elephant may be caged but Matt Shultz certainly isn’t.
Words and photography by me!
Thanks Lauren x