Cage The Elephant performed their own acoustic ballad “Rubber Ball” in a live concert video marketing their forthcoming concert LP, Unpeeled. In this concert, Frontman Matthew Shultz croons gently over orchestral strings, double acoustic electric guitars, faint vibraphone pulses along with a grandiose choir.
The alternative rock band recorded this performance during a home town show in Nashville’s famous venue, Ryman Auditorium. “It was always a dream of ours to perform at this hometown venue, and we felt something spiritual from the moment we stepped on stage,” Shultz stated in an interview. “The song ‘Rubber Ball’ [bassist Daniel Tichenor] and I wrote in our first band house. It’s about excess in all aspects. It’s about trying to gain control and not being able to but having love in your heart.”
Unpeeled, being released July 28th via RCA Records, compiles recordings through various stripped-down shows within the band’s current “Live and Unpeeled” tour. The record features twenty one tracks: eighteen reworked variations from their earlier four LPs and 3 covers (“Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush,” Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World” and the Stranglers’ “Golden Brown”)
The live set comes after the band’s 2015 studio room LP, the Dan Auberbach-produced Tell Me I’m Pretty. Cage the Elephant has numerous U.S. festival dates scheduled, including spots at Lollapalooza, Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam, Forecastle and the inaugural Mempho Music Festival.