Kentucky bred psych-rockers Dan Luke & The Raid surged onto the scene this past summer with debut single “Black Cat Heavy Metal,” a distorted, tambourine-friendly track. On Thursday (Sept. 28) the band is back with its second offering, the intriguingly idealistic “Golden Age,” off its upcoming EP, Be Good.
“’Golden Age’ is about the struggles of reveling through youth in the turbulent times we live in today,” frontman Dan Shultz tells Billboard. “Finding yourself, in all the clutter. All the falsehoods of the political smile. All of the time wasted on getting wasted. It’s about ‘the dream.'”
Shultz, the youngest brother to Matt and Brad of Cage the Elephant, reveals he was listening to a lot of hip-hop, namely Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples, when the rhythm and lyrics for “Golden Age” came to mind. “It all came together in a beautiful way,” Shultz says. Although, the next night was the election and Shultz recalls feeling upset and drinking a little too much with friends. He stayed up all night finishing the lyrics until 9 a.m., slept for two hours, then went to the studio to record the track that day.
“The funny thing is, I was thinking that things weren’t going to turn out the way they were; I didn’t think Donald Trump was going to get elected,” Shultz admits. “I was just thinking that we were living in a really good time for diversity and equality. It’s true to what I thought was going to happen, but it’s not very true to the situation that’s actually in our hands right now.”
The band felt “Golden Age” was the right song to release as a second preview of who they are because while it has a similar feel to “”Black Cat Heavy Metal,” it has “a bit more swagger, if you will,” Shultz relates. “We just wanted to show the differences in all of the songs and wanted to do that early. We’re trying to take this one step at a time, but keep the momentum going, keep it moving.”
So far, the five-piece band has already opened on tour for rising artist Declan McKenna and will soon join fellow southern-rockers The Weeks on a string of dates in October. Shultz seems to get his driven mentality from his older brothers, who are familiar with successfully breaking into the music industry. “Their big thing is to not stop and keep writing, and stay true to myself,” Shultz says of the tips Matt and Brad have given him. “They definitely give me advice, but they want me to come into my own — and I want to as well.”
Listen to “Golden Age” below.