Alt-rock heroes Cage the Elephant opened their excellent 2015 LP Tell Me I’m Pretty with “Cry Baby,” a chugging, 1960s rock-reminiscent call to “open up your eyes or life will pass you by.” They’ve now reinvented the tune for their acoustic concert album, Unpeeled, out Friday via RCA Records, and EW is thrilled to premiere a clip of the song’s live performance above.
Matt and Brad Schultz, brothers as well as Cage frontman and guitarist, respectively, recently stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio, Sirius XM 105, to discuss the new project, which they said owes some thanks to Neil Young.
Young had tapped the Kentucky rockers for his annual Bridge School Benefit in 2016 and, as Brad explained, “One of the stipulations of that show is everything has to be stripped back; it all has to be acoustic instruments.” He added, “Like, we had to use a pump organ.” But the band loved it, and it inspired them to revisit their catalog with new, stripped-back eyes.
The video streaming here was during a show in their adopted hometown in Nashville, Tennessee, where they played the fabled Ryman Auditorium. The 21-track collection, however, sources recordings from multiple stops on the group’s recent Live & Unpeeled tour. A total of 18 cuts are from their own four-album catalog, and three are covers: the Stranglers’ “Golden Brown,” Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush,” and Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World.”
Streaming above is Cage the Elephant’s recent interview with EW Radio, where they discuss reckless stage dives, their favorite festivals, and working with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.