Review – Cage the Elephant w/ Silversun Pickups @ The Mayan – Los Angeles, CA – 5/2/12
May 3rd, 2012
Category: Cage the Elephant, Los Angeles, Mayan, The, Written Reviews
Cage the Elephant w/ Silversun Pickups @ The Mayan Concert Review
I’d heard good things about Cage the Elephant for a few years, but unfortunately somehow always managed to miss their set. The closest I got to seeing them was when they were opening for the Foo Fighters. Though I only caught one song, I was thoroughly impressed—and I’m sure that Dave Grohl being on drums didn’t hurt either. In the end, my brief sampling of the band was just a tease. When I heard that Cage the Elephant would be performing at the Mayan, I knew it was a show that I couldn’t miss.
A band called Nannarama was opening. I had never heard of them before—but I was in for a surprise. It turned out Nannarama was L.A.’s own Silversun Pickups. Cage the Elephant and Silversun had previously toured with each other, and this show was the perfect opportunity for the former tour mates to get together and have some fun. Silversun Pickups rocked out a 45 min set, but the crowd seemed to be unaware that they were actually seeing Silversun. It wasn’t that the crowd wasn’t enjoying the set, it was that they didn’t understand the significance of it. Towards the end of their set lead singer Brian Aubert spilled the beans and let those who hadn’t figured it out know who they were. From that point on everyone seemed to be into the show twice as much. Silversun has def improved their live set a lot over the years and had great stage presence. Had the crowd been made aware of the fact that they were seeing Silversun a bit earlier in the set the show would have surely been twice as wild. Nonetheless, everyone was ecstatic as Silversun began to perform “Panic Switch”.
Silversun Pickups – “Panic Switch”
Cage the Elephant was next to hit the stage, and boy oh boy was the crowd ready to get down. The guys hit the stage in what would become a hurricane of rock and roll. It was fairly difficult to hear lead singer Matthew Shultz’s vocals during the first two songs of the set, but by the time the band got into their third song, the recognizable “Aberdeen” the audio issues were flushed out.
One of the greatest aspects of this show was that Shultz encouraged us to run amok and go as crazy as possible. Between the mosh pits and crowd surfers, the Mayan was going wild. Security sure had their hands full! At least one patron was ejected from the venue after getting assaulted by one of the security guards.
As a whole, Cage the Elephant was a class act rock and roll band. The rifts were heavy and the band was obviously giving it their all. Matthew Shultz was as rambunctious as they come. His energy filled the Mayan and set the crowd on fire. There didn’t seem to be a single second of the show where Shultz wasn’t running energetically all over the stage. In addition, he chatted spontaneously to the crowd in between songs and the crowd soaked it up. At one point he made a proclamation that everything he was saying was written two weeks in advance because they were a very serious outfit. This came right after he explained to us that every time he is in an elevator with someone, all he can think about is licking their face to see what they will do. I really dug that he was down to poke fun at all of the acts that script their shows, (even stage banter) Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and the Foo Fighters among them. I understand why bands script their tours, but it sure was a nice treat to see one that didn’t.
The set lasted around an hour and ten minutes, consisting of 16 songs in total. It included the band’s hits “Shake Me Down” and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”. Even though I wasn’t well versed in the band’s tracks, I enjoyed every single song they busted out.
Cage the Elephant – Shake Me Down w/ Lazy Eye intro
(Live @ Mayan)
In closing, I wish these guys would have been around when I was 16 because I would have loved to jump in the mosh pit or surfed across the crowd to their music. Cage the Elephant is just what the world of music needs. With a Nirvana-esque vibe and a front man wilder than any on the scene today, the future looks bright for these guys. I can’t wait to see Cage the Elephant again and highly recommend them to anyone that is looking to have their face rocked off.
If you were at this show or have ever seen Cage the Elephant or Silversun Pickups please comment on this post and let us know what you think because this is You Tell Concerts and “When You Tell Concerts It’s Cooler!” – poppinoff