Spiderhead

Album: Melophobia (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This song opens Cage The Elephant's third album Melophobia with a wash of David Bowie influenced fuzz-tone guitar. Axeman Brad Shultz told MusicRadar.com: "I wasn't being influenced during the writing or recording of 'Spiderhead.' Matt (Shultz, vocals) has been getting into Bowie, so that could be there maybe, although I can't speak for him. As for myself, I just wanted to write a riff that I really loved. But that was the hardest thing – trying to dream up that one thing that I could be honestly excited about."
  • Melophobia is the hatred or fear of music, and the album was titled thus as the whole process was riddled with adversity and growing pains. This was one of the songs that the band struggled to complete. Brad Shultz told MusicRadar: "We probably wrote four different choruses for this one; we just didn't want to settle. We didn't want to assume that the first thing was always the right thing. I never want to say that we took the easy way out on this record."

    "If you've ever had that feeling where you had to convince yourself that something is the right thing," he continued, "then you know it's not the right thing. It's hard to come to that realization, too. As an artist, you want to love everything that you do. But there's a fine line between loving something and convincing yourself to love it."

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