Cage the Elephant have been described as everything from indie rock to blues punk and garage rock. Perhaps it’s the bands manic live show that makes them so hard to classify, because no matter what you classify their music as; their live performances are as punk rock as it gets. For a band like that, playing an all seated venue, the show often loses some of its energy. But for Cage the Elephant frontman Matthew Shultz, it was just seen as a challenge to find a way to make it work, and that he did. Sunday night in Boston, Cage the Elephant ripped through an hour and 15 minute set with a fast paced, explosive energy you’d expect to see from punk’s elite. Shultz came into the aisles of Boston’s Orpheum Theatre several times; engaging with the crowd and getting them worked up and rocked out.
Prior to Cage the Elephant’s set, UK noise rockers Foals had control of the Orpheum stage. The British band brought an intense light show with them that added another dimension to their music entirely. Their set featured a good amount of improvisation, stretching out their songs and bringing them to life with the visual and musical expansion techniques of a seasoned rock band.
Tennessee soul rockers J. Roddy Walston and The Business had the honors of opening the night with their deep south sound. Band leader Walston plays a 70’s style upright piano on stage, laying the groundwork for a classic rock sound that works its way up to hard rock. For 30 minutes they took the Boston theater back to the late 1960’s with their catchy hooks and sing-able choruses.