Cage the Elephant comes out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. That’s not a very famous place for music. They have some good high school sports teams and the plant where GM builds the Corvette is there–but there’s really not much going on in terms of rock’n’roll. This is why when Cage the Elephant needed to take that next big step, they left town and moved to England.
Why? Because they were fans of British music and because they thought the competition might force them to be better. It was hard but it worked. That’s where they wrote most of their first album and it’s where “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” that all-important first single, first became a hit