Cage the Elephant Announce Title of New Album, Explain Writing Process


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Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz says the writing process for the band’s upcoming release was ‘riddled with adversity’

Cage the Elephant have been working on their follow-up to 2011’s “Thank You Happy Birthday,” and the guys now have a title for the upcoming release. Singer Matt Shultz revealed to Consequence of Sound that the band’s new album will be called “Melophobia,” which he says actually means “the hatred or fear of music.”

So, why name, of all things, an album of music about loathing music? According to Shultz, “Melophobia” fits the mood he was in when writing songs for the album. “The whole process was riddled with adversity and growing pains,” he told Consequence of Sound. “I don’t want to make it seem like it wasn’t rewarding, ’cause there were moments of peace and beautiful grace. But there was no part of the process that was easy.”

As for the sound of the upcoming set, Shultz said it was a mix of electronic dance music, indie and garage. “With electronic music, it’s so new and revolutionary that it seems the possibilities are endless,” he said. “And then on the other end of the spectrum, there’s this purist indie rock and garage…from the ’60s. So what we wanted is to take that playfulness and swagger but have it open-ended like EDM.”

More information about “Melophobia” is expected to surface soon, including the album’s release date. In the meantime, the band has a tour with Muse booked for this fall.

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