It’s been several years since Cage the Elephant’s hit single Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked was playing everywhere on US and UK radio stations, but the American rock band has stayed busy by touring, working on albums, and crafting lyrics in an old Tennessee cabin. With a new album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, due out this week, here are 10 fun facts about Cage the Elephant:
1. Cage the Elephant is five (formerly six) guys from Bowling Green, Kentucky. The group formed in 2006 and released their first album in 2008.
2. Before Cage the Elephant, Matt worked as a plumber, Brad worked as a telemarketer, Daniel worked at Lowe’s, and Jared worked in a pet store. The other two were already in bands.
3. Where did the band name come from? According to one story, the name came from a game on the back of a Cracker Jack box, where you connected dots to form a cage around an elephant. In another interview, it’s said that the name came out of a conversation that Matt had with someone in a dream.
4. The band was originally called Perfect Confusion.
5. The lead singer (Matt Shulz) and the guitarist (Brad Shulz) are brothers.
6. One of their first big-time performances was at Lollapalooza in 2007. Their opener was also making her festival debut… Lady Gaga!
7. The first tour they ever went on was as a support act for Queens of the Stone Age. After that they moved to London. One of the band members (Lincoln), was only 16 at the time, so in order to move his parents had to sign parental guardianship over to the band.
8. While on tour with the Foo Fighters in 2011, Cage the Elephant drummer Jared Champion’s appendix suddenly burst, requiring weeks of recuperation. So Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighter’s frontman, filled in for him.
9. There are two things their tour bus must always be stocked with: Espresso and Rock Docs (Rock n’ roll documentaries).
10. Cage the Elephant is set to release its fourth album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, on December 18, 2015.