The Kentucky combo Cage the Elephant manage to find a new wrinkle on the face of US indie-punk, thanks to an enthusiasm for yoking catchy melodies to abrasive guitar riffs that recalls the Pixies.
Tracks like "Right Before My Eyes" – a rejection of worldly antagonism that recurs later in acoustic form – and the single "Shake Me Down" have a powerful, anthemic appeal that matches their positive outlook. A cross between Green Day and The Shins, the latter finds them determined not to get sucked in by depression: "Even on a cloudy day, I'll keep my eyes fixed on the sun". Elsewhere, "Always Something" warns about lurking, unseen dangers over a jerky, muscular riff in classic Gang of Four style, while "Indy Kidz" employs serrated guitar slashes to drive home its dissatisfaction with TV's "box of lies".
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