Cage the Elephant’s 2013 album, Melophobia, was approached a bit differently than previous records. As opposed to a strict collaborative effort from the very beginning, each of the band’s members started writing music individually.
“We hadn’t been apart from each other for the better part of five or six years,” said Guitarist Brad Shultz. “We all just needed our personal space for a little bit, and as we were taking that time, we all started on what we wanted this record to be. The ideas weren’t drastically different, but we weren’t on the same page. In the end, I think it really gave us a better perspective on what each person brings to the band.”