Born Cages Setlist
01/25 Gunners Run Philadelphia, PARead More
02/07 Asbury Lanes^ Asbury Park, NJ
02/13 Mercury Lounge* New York, NY
02/14 MilkBoy Philly* Philadelphia, PA
02/17 Great Scott* Boston, MA
* w/ Deaf Havana
^ w/ Seasick Mama
Born Cages describe themselves as indie/rock, but I find them to be more pop rock-like. Their single, “Don’t Look Back,” from their new EP “The Sidelines” is a bit anthem-like and can easily fit in to mainstream music. The band’s general sound is a mixture of 30 Seconds to Mars and The Click Five: the strong, bold sound of the former, the fast-tempo and high energy of the latter, which makes a great combination for reaching most audiences. What I really appreciate is that their music will bring in more instrumental-based music to mainstream music, which tends to be more and more electronic-based now.
Their performance at the studio Wednesday was a clear demonstration of their dedication to their songs. Their sound was tight, showing their belief in their music and their musical talent was evident, particularly with Holiday’s occasional small guitar solos, or as I will call them, “shredlets.” “Metaphor” particularly is a rock song that can get people dancing. Their opening two songs, which are not on the EP, seem to make them stand out a little more, showcasing their reach into indie/rock. Though the space and audience had a chill vibe, Born Cages managed to get the crowd moving as much as is possible when an adult audience cannot hide under darkness or alcohol to rock out.
Born Cages has all the elements: good hooks, good looks, and good stage presence (couldn’t think of another fitting word ending in “–ooks”). Check them out at one of their upcoming tour dates.
Born Cages at Gibson Guitar Studios, New York (01/22/2014)