Social Cues is out on RCA Records

In April, Cage The Elephant dropped their epic fifth album, Social Cues. Led by “Ready To Let Go,” the John Hill-produced album contains some of their best work yet. From the blazing opener “Broken Boy” to cinematic softer moments found on “Love’s The Only Way,” the Kentucky-bred rock band explore the highs and lows of success, fame, love, and relationships against a complex sonic backdrop that must absolutely explode in concert.


The majority of the material on Social Cues was written during the unraveling of lead singer Matt Shultz’s relationship. In order to make sense of such a difficult experience, he explored the hidden recesses of his psyche, creating characters to tell different parts of his personal story.

He explains, “it can be a vehicle to act out things that are hard to confront.” He went on to say, “when I’m creating, I try to put myself in a reactive state of improvisational thought. I let images just arise in my mind and wait for it to evoke an emotional response and then when it does, I know I’m on to something. I was watching a lot of Fassbinder films, like World on a Wire and The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. I was thinking about their beauty coupled with the graphic surrealism of Aronofsky.”


Social Cues also features the huge track, “Night Running” alongside Beck. It was the perfect hazy prelude to the co-headline tour the rock giants announced would kickoff this summer. Now, after hitting Shaky Knees and stops in Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Toronto and many more across North America – The Night Running Tour is stopping at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday, August 22, and it’s a show you won’t want to miss. Tickets are available here.

In addition to hearing Beck’s GRAMMY-winning album Colors, his latest buzzing single “Saw Lightning” is going to set Merriweather ablaze, and will surely set the stage for a knockout performance by Cage The Elephant. In addition to smashing through Social Cues, no one can miss throwbacks from Tell Me I’m PrettyMelophobia, and the rest of their decade-long run. Besides, what’s better than spending the summer enjoying music, sun, and drinks on Merriweather’s expansive lawn or amazingly-renovated pavilion with suites and heightened viewing areas. To make things even better, Spoon and Sunflower Bean are joining to launch the unforgettable evening.


If you aren’t lucky enough to catch this epic show at Merriweather, you definitely need to catch the tour when it stops in North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. Cage The Elephant is also confirmed to play iHeartRadio Music Festival and Tecate Live Out Festival before closing out their tour in Mexico City on October 21st. Tickets are available here.

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