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Cage the Elephant announce stripped-down LP, Unpeeled, share video for “Whole Wide World” cover — watch

Unplugged album features a reimagining of the Wreckless Eric classic

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    Photo by ​Neil Krug

    Earlier this year, Cage the Elephant took their “Live & Unpeeled” tour to select cities across the US. The band brought along a string section and new arrangements of their songs, presenting fans with a rare stripped-down experience from the noted rockers. Those shows were also recording sessions, however, and now the sound of Cage unplugged is coming home as the band’s latest album, Unpeeled.

    Due July 28th from RCA Records, the 21-track collection was captured during the series of intimate concerts in cities like Los Angeles, Knoxville, and Washington, DC. 18 of the songs are reworkings of the band’s own material, while the other three are covers, including The Stranglers’ “Golden Brown” and Daft Punk’s “Instant Crush”. The third remake is of the classic “Whole Wide World” by Wreckless Eric, the video for which the band is premiering today.

    Cage the Elephant recorded their Unpeeled version of the 1977 tune at the Ryman Auditorium in their hometown of Nashville. In the video below, you can see how the stripped-down setting did little to stifle the band’s singular energy, especially with Matt Shultz at the helm.

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    “Many times you’re adding sonic layers looking for something to hide behind,” Shultz tells Consequence of Sound about the rendition, “and what you don’t realize is that that vulnerability and that nakedness might be the most compelling and interesting thing about the song.”

    Check it out:

    Pre-orders for Unpeeled are available via iTunes. The complete track listing and album art are below.

    Unpeeled Album Artwork:

    Unpeeled Tracklist:
    01. Cry Baby
    02. Whole Wide World
    03. Sweetie Little Jean
    04. Spiderhead
    05. Take It Or Leave It
    06. Too Late To Say Goodbye
    07. Punchin’ Bag
    08. Shake Me Down
    09. Telescope
    10. Instant Crush
    11. Trouble
    12. Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
    13. Rubber Ball
    14. Aberdeen
    15. Golden Brown
    16. Cold Cold Cold
    17. How Are You True
    18. Come A Little Closer
    19. Back Against The Wall
    20. Cigarette Daydreams
    21. Right Before My Eyes

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    Cage the Elephant have a number of tour dates coming up, most of which are festival appearances. However, they do have one more special “Live & Unpeeled” gig at London’s Union Chapel, where they’ll be accompanied by a string quartet. Find their complete itinerary below

    Cage the Elephant 2017 Tour Dates:
    06/23 – Beuningen, NL @ Down The Rabbit Hole
    06/24 – Paris, FR @ Solidays
    06/27 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
    06/28 – Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed
    06/30 – St. Gallen, CH @ Openair St. Gallen
    07/01 – Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival
    07/02 – Rotselaar, BE @ Rock Werchter
    07/04 – Hradec Kralove, CZ @ Rock For People
    07/06 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live
    07/07 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
    07/08 – Lisbon, PT @ Nos Alive
    07/10 – London, UK @ Union Chapel *
    07/14 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
    07/23 – San Marcos, TX @ Float Fest 2017
    07/28 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ Wayhome Music & Arts Festival
    08/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
    08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
    09/09 – St Louis, MO @ Loufest
    09/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful Festival
    09/30 – Mobile, AL @ Ten Sixty Five Street Party
    10/07 – San bernardino, CA @ CAL JAM 17
    10/18 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Corona Capital

    * = Live & Unpeeled show

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