Though they hail from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cage the Elephant sound like they are right out 1960s London. On their most recent album, 2015’s Tell Me I’m Pretty, they’ve got a dirty late Beatles sound going on with “Cry Baby,” a London blues vibe on “Mess Around,” and even psych up the rock and roll on the absurdly-titled “Portuguese Knife Fight.” But the clear hit single for me on this album is the 1960s Rolling Stones ringer “Cold Cold Cold.” Check out the hyper cool guitar lick opener that draws you in while vocalist Matt Schultz exudes a kind of Jagger-like delivery that is poised and riveting. The fuzzed out lead guitar break is just the icing on this cake.
Cold Cold Cold
All four of Cage the Elephant’s long players have their own delights, something for all kinds of sixties-influenced rock lovers, but my personal faves include “In One Ear” from the self-titled Cage the Elephant, the single “Back Against the Wall,” “Right Before My Eyes” from Thank You Happy Birthday, and “Come a Little Closer” from Melaphobia.