Sometimes it’s better to burn out than to disappear. Neil Young thought so, and Kurt Cobain tragically passed away with those same words in mind.
But sometimes it’s the fans who walk away rather than the artists who stop making music. As music lovers mature, their tastes develop, often leading to groups being left out in favor of something more in line with current fan sensibilities.
Unfortunately, groups are receiving less and less support in general.
It’s easier for record companies to put money into a youngster with a bucket full of talent and talent for Garageband, than a band that has the potential to break up. It’s just a sad truth that even current rock bands appear less frequently on the charts.
No doubt there are old favorites that you no longer listen to. Sure, you’ve paid attention to the odd single release over the years, but you haven’t really done more than that. So take a few tips: every once in a while it’s worth scrolling through your old playlists and re-listening to those acts that were dominating your play count.
These are the groups that many of us collectively loved, but for some reason they no longer get the attention they deserve.
When Cage the Elephant released their debut album in 2008, they looked like the next big thing. In an era when indie rock dominated popular rock stations, Kentucky boys brought a little more edge to the scene.
Known for the rampant stage presence of vocalist Matt Shultz and his rhythm guitarist brother Brad, the group’s raw punk energy was a hallmark of their shows. With the two Shultz brothers specifically referencing Iggy Pop as an influence, it’s no surprise that their first gigs are known to be a bit loud.
The track centered on a simple catchy chord progression with a smooth slide guitar riff at its heart. You could hear all kinds of influences in this issue. The rhythm of the drums was reminiscent of industrial trip-hop, there was a touch of Beck in the melodies, and of course it was mixed with southern rock – but it was uniquely Cage The Elephant.
While they had success with subsequent singles such as Come A Little Closer and Shake Me Down, as well as a Grammy in 2015 and 2020, it was this explosive debut album in 2008 that put them on the map.