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Cage the Elephant have witnessed their fan base grow quite substantially over the years, thanks in part to playing at major festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella and more. As the popularity of the band continues to increase, so does their maturity, which is evident in their latest album Thank You, Happy Birthday. Guitarists Brad Shultz and Lincoln Parish were kind enough to talk to me at Lolla, despite literally getting into town just a few hours ago.

Cage the Elephant released Thank You, Happy Birthday back in January to mostly positive reviews and debuted number one on the iTunes Top Downloads chart. I asked the guys if the band approached Thank You, Happy Birthday in a different manner compared to their 2008 self-titled album.

“We just kind of wanted to break free of any type of idea of what we thought Cage the Elephant was and just make an album that we like,” Parish explained. “There’s a pretty big amount of time between the two albums when we recorded them. We spent a little bit of more time on the second one and matured as songwriters.”

Shultz added: “With the first album we kind of held ourselves to a certain type of genre. Not to say that we were totally inside the box with what we could do musically. It was more that we haven’t been exposed to a lot. As we moved to London for two years and started experiencing a lot more with life, music, conversations with different people and leading to finding out new music, we really got into the mindset that we just wanted to write a song purely for being a good song and not worry what kind of genre and not try to cater to any type of sound.”

Watch the full interview below. If you don’t have a copy of Thank You, Happy Birthday, you’re missing out on one of the best albums to have come out this year.

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