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Cage the Elephant Reveals New Album Title, Talk Difficult Songwriting Process

Image courtesy of Colin Lane (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Colin Lane (via ABC News Radio)

Cage the Elephant has revealed the title of their follow-up to 2011's Thank You Happy Birthday . Frontman Matt Shultz tells ConsequenceofSound.com that their third studio album will be titled Melophobia , which he says is “the hatred or fear of music.”

The singer says he chose Melophobia as the title because he felt it reflected how he felt about writing songs for the upcoming release. “The whole process was riddled with adversity and growing pains,” he explains. “I don’t want to make it seem like it wasn’t rewarding, ’cause there were moments of peace and beautiful grace. But there was no part of the process that was easy.”

Shultz adds that the upcoming release was influenced by electronic dance music and 60’s rockers David Bowie and Velvet Underground .  “With electronic music, it’s so new and revolutionary that it seems the possibilities are endless,” he notes. “And then on the other end of the spectrum, there’s this purist indie rock and garage…from the ’60s. So what we wanted is to take that playfulness and swagger but have it open-ended like EDM.”

While a release date for Melophobia has yet to be announced, the band is expected to unveil more information about the record in the coming weeks.

In other Cage the Elephant news, the band has signed on to support Muse on a series of dates for their upcoming fall tour. That outing begins on September 3 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Visit CageTheElephant.com to view the full itinerary.

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