Cage the Elephant say ‘Goodbye’ on their somber new track

Cage the Elephant are back with another new song from their upcoming record. If you’re expecting something upbeat and dancey like “Night Running,” then you may be in for a bit of a surprise. On Monday (April 8), the Kentucky-founded band unleashed their fourth single off Social Cues.

Titled “Goodbye,” the four-minute song begins with the sound of a piano flooding through the audio before frontman Matt Schultz’s vocals begin. Throughout the track, not once does the melancholy feeling of farewell relent giving the listener the feeling that it may be the end for Schultz and whoever he’s singing the song to.

While premiering the song on Zane Lowe’s Apple Beats 1 radio show, the singer and the host discussed the new track. According to Schultz, he was in a dark period in his life when he wrote the track, but still managed to find some light during that time.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the saying, but, a bright sadness. And hope. Hope can’t be alive without the presence of grief, and within grief, there’s most certainly hope. At some times we don’t see that and we don’t have that perspective and that’s when it’s really unfortunate,” Schultz tells Lowe.

He continues: “But there was a lot of hope in it for myself. There was a big letting go of things. I’m just trying to think of how to completely put it into words because I think that there’s the temptation, when you’re going through a tough time, to get stuck in the melodrama of things, and be like, ‘Oh I’m gonna write a sad song and it’s gonna just explain exactly where I’m at.’ And you miss out on all the notes, other notes and colors of life that are so important. I actually see it as a very uplifting song.”

Listen to “Goodbye” above.

“Goodbye” joins previously released tracks “Night Running,” “House of Glass,” and “Ready to Let Go” on the band’s new album. Social Cues, the act’s fourth studio effort, is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the upcoming release are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

In support of the album, Cage the Elephant announced a co-headlining tour with Beck in February. The 30-date jaunt includes stops in major cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, Columbia, New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, and more.

The summertime outing begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

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