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Written by: Shay Coulson

Cage The Elephant Is Back On The Road For The Neon Pill Tour

The 45-date ‘Neon Pill‘ North American Summer Tour marks the return of GRAMMY-Award winning rock band Cage The Elephant, alongside the announce of their forthcoming sixth studio album.  The new album finds the Kentucky-bred six piece forging new musical ground, while maintaining their uncompromising creativity and wildly cathartic performances.

“To me, Neon Pill is the first record where we were consistently uninfluenced, and I mean that in a positive way,” observes Matthew Shultz [vocals]. “Everything is undoubtedly expressed through having settled into finding our own voice. We’ve always drawn inspiration from artists we love, and at times we’ve even emulated some of them to a certain degree. With this album, having gone through so much, life had almost forced us into becoming more and more comfortable with ourselves. We weren’t reaching for much outside of the pure experience of self expression, and simultaneously not necessarily settling either. We just found a uniqueness in simply existing.”

Cage The Elephant’s 45-date North American US tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off on June 20 in Salt Lake City at Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre, with shows in cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and more, with support from Young The Giant & Bakar on most dates (including Utah).

Neon Pill materialized during numerous recording sessions across the country, and alchemized a season of tragedy and turbulence into the twelve tracks on their sixth full-length album. Nine months into the pandemic, brothers Matthew and Brad [guitar] lost their father. The band weathered the back-to-back deaths of friends, while Matthew experience depression and a mental breakdown, culminating in hospitalization. Coming out on the other side, he learned quite a bit about himself, and gained a whole lot of strength and wisdom.

Neon Pill came to life in the eye of the storm.

The band have shared their newest song, “Out Loud”, the emotional centerpiece of Neon Pill. Backed by stark piano, Matthew’s bare delivery quakes as he sings, “Man, I really messed up now.  “Maybe it’s so straightforward and honest, because I didn’t know if it would see the light of day,” he admits. “‘Out Loud’ is very connected to my father. My dad’s the reason we discovered music in the first place. When he died, ‘Out Loud’ just poured out of me. My efforts towards the song were deeply rooted in paying honor to him, and I knew it meant a lot to Brad too,” he remarks. That, also in connection with the difficulties that I was dealing with at that time. It was almost a subconscious apology of sorts before I was fully capable of grasping the gravity of it all. Subconsciously working through it while channeling all of the adversity my family faced growing up coming full circle into my adult life in this one song.” The release of this song follows the latest single, and namesake of both the tour and album, “Neon Pill.”

Tune in to both songs and look forward to hearing the entire album upon its release May 17th, 2024.

Tickets for the ‘Neon Pill’ Tour are On Sale Now HERE.

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