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- Posted on Oct 26th 2010 12:15PM by Mike Ayers
"We initially were living in England and came up with 80 song ideas, some complete, some not," Cage the Elephant's Matt Shultz tells Spinner. "We started working on the second record and basically scratched all those ideas. There were a lot of things happening at that time; personal growth and growth as a band. We ended up renting some cabins at a lake in Kentucky and isolated ourselves in the middle of winter. No cell phone reception -- it kind of felt like 'Survivior.'"
Not only does Shultz cite maturation as a catalyst for the new material, the band was also inspired by the Pixies, Butthole Surfers, Black Flag, Violent Femmes and Gang of Four. When it came to their guitar playing, another band they discovered while living in London got their creative juices flowing: psych-punk act Screaming Tea Party.
"[They] changed our minds about how we wanted to make music," Shultz recalls. "It reminded me of Sonic Youth meets the Beach Boys meets helium balloons."
In preparation for 'Thank You, Happy Birthday,' the band will release a 7-inch on Nov. 26, featuring two new songs: 'Shake Me Down' and 'Aberdeen.'
Here is the full track list for 'Thank You, Happy Birthday':
'Shake Me Down'
'Right Before My Eyes'