Cage The Elephant holds the key to one of the most anticipated albums of this brand new year, well, Thank You, Happy Birthday is highly anticipated by SIMGE anyway, and last week the band allowed the public to take a peak through the proverbial crack in the door by providing a free download of “Around My Head.” Obviously, I can’t speak for the rest of the band’s sophomore release, however, I can say this new track is far from the Bluesified Punk-Runk tunes these Kentucky wildcats are prone to pumping out.
In fact, with it’s repetitive jangly surf-rock guitar riff, a chorus coated with light, cavernous, almost feminine backing vocals, and front-man Matthew Schultz continually losing his shit, Cage’s new track bears striking resemblance to a Pixies song of old. It’s truly staggering. I’d go as far as to say “Around My Head” is a Doolittle ripp-off, a decent rip-off, but a rip-off nonetheless. It’ll be interesting to hear the direction this band has decided to take its music.
Listen and judge for yourself. Leave a comment and let the interwebs hear your take.