Heavy rock fun with Cage the Elephant

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PUNK-funk upstarts Cage the Elephant are revving up for a raucous gig at The Garage - and the overriding message is ‘thank you’.

It’s an amazing chance to see one of the world’s most exciting and incendiary bands in a compact venue.

Cage - a young five-piece from Bowling Green, Kentucky - are touring to support great new album ‘Thank You Happy Birthday’, which shot into the US Billboard chart at number two.

It’s punk rock grunge with a side order of funk - and a fitting follow-up to their brilliant 2009 debut album, which spawned hits such as ‘In One Ear’ and ‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’.

Singer Matt Shultz, guitarist Brad Shultz, bassist Daniel Tichenor, guitarist Lincoln Parish and drummer Jared Champion are now looking forward to rocking The Garage in Sauchiehall Street on Tuesday, October 4.

“This album brought me back to life,” says Matt. “We just wanted to make music that we loved.”

Single ‘Shake Me Down’ is packed with explosive loud-quiet-loud interludes that showcase Champion’s skills on a set of toy drums and ‘Aberdeen’ is an insidiously catchy rock song.

Meanwhile, ‘Sell Yourself’ is a ferocious, thrashing ode to staying true to their identity and Matt breaks out his best Frank Black yell to let off steam on ‘Tangled’.

It’s one of several amped-up songs he’s looking forward to tearing apart live during the band’s mind-blowingly energetic shows (Matt is known for head-banging, stage-diving and crazy punk-rock antics).

“We didn’t have all the answers on our first album,” Brad adds. “But we were just like, we’re going to write the music we’re going to write. This album was like a breath of fresh air.”

Thank heavens for that! Cage the Elephant play The Garage on October 4. Visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk