Formed in 2006, Cage the Elephant (CTE) is a modern heavy/acoustic rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Similar acts include, Days of the New, Wolfmother, and White Strips. Their music resembles the edgy 1960s sound that came with great musicianship and political dissent. The band began with Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor, and Lincoln Parrish. In 2013, Nick Brockrath replaced Parrish and became the fifth member of the group.
Cage the Elephant gained their first slice of recognition at the South by Southwest showcase. Relentless Records noticed the band and inked them to their first record deal. Soon after, the group moved to London, England to pursue their music career. In 2008, CTE dropped their dark and melodic self-titled album in the UK. The record gained mixed reviews; yet scored the band the No. 32 spot on UK Billboard charts. Their hit single “No Rest for the Wicked” contributed to the popularity of the album becoming a global success. Their music captured the darker side of human nature. In 2009, the record released in the US and Australia. Cage the Elephant followed their debut album with international tours. Between 2008 and 2009 the band performed at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands Music Festival and many more. The band also graced David Letterman with their performance on the Late Show.
In 2011, the band jumped back into the studio to begin work on their next record. Their sophomore album, Thank You, Happy Birthday released too much critical and commercial acclaim. The record scored high on Billboard music charts and landed the band spots on more popular tours. Cage the Elephant played Coachella and Glastenbury Festival along with more late night shows. At one performance, drummer Jared Champion required immediate medical attention and Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl filled in.
In 2013, Melophobia released with the hit song “Come a Little Closer,” followed by an International tour. The music broke from their original sound; yet, still gained them attention. The record became a commercial success and continued the bands popularity. Soon after, guitarist Lincoln Parish left the band to become a producer. The group has not announced a replacement; yet, Nick Bockrath played guitar when they appeared on Jimmey Kimmel.