Born Cages I'm Glad I'm Not Me on LP
I’m Glad I’m Not Me is the debut studio album from critically acclaimed indie rockers Born Cages. I’m Glad I’m Not Me was recorded at Mission Sound (Metric, Arctic Monkeys, Matt & Kim) in Brooklyn, NY and was co-produced by Jon Kaplan (Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon) and Born Cages’ lead singer Vlad Holiday. On the album, Holiday, bassist/keyboardist Matt Maroulakos and drummer Dave Tantao conjure festival-ready, truly modernist modern rock that is every bit as grand as its song titles would predict: “Bigger Than Me,” “I Just Want The Truth, Baby,” “Don’t Look Back” and “Finding Beauty in a Broken World.”
I’m Glad I’m Not Me touches on rock, electronic, dance, alternative and everything in between, reaching listeners thought to be quarantined from each other. It’s a record celebrating togetherness in fractious times, music that finds commonalities rather than chasms. Throughout, Born Cages play with an urgency that posits their music as something essential. I’m Glad I’m Not Me embraces its punchy hooks, economic arranging and distinct kind of New York City disillusionment; it’s the despondency of being told your mere existence in the city is a sign of having “made it” and still feeling alone amongst the millions.
The album is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 EP, The Sidelines EP. Vice Noisey describes the band’s music as a “blend of 80s-influenced synth/guitar work and modern pop-rock sounds,” and Blackbook raved, “More than a decade after the riff-heavy heyday of The Strokes, The Vines, The White Stripes, The Hives, and many other bands that put the word “the” before a plural noun, we may be ready for another bout of ripping revivalism...Born Cages, certainly makes that argument.”
Holiday formed Born Cages in 2011 and the group dove head-first into New York City’s eclectic indie rock movement. He is joined by Matt Maroulakos on bass/keyboards and Dave Tantao on drums. The band has shared bills with a bevy of acts such as Hockey, Magic Man, X Ambassadors, Gold Fields, Royal Teeth, Said The Whale, Donald Cumming (of The Virgins), Public Access TV, JD Samson (of Le Tigre) and Har Mar Superstar. They were even handpicked by Guns N’ Roses to be the sole supporting band at two sold out GN’R club shows.
Born Cages I'm Glad I'm Not Me Track Listing:
1. Rolling Down the Hill
2. Bigger Than Me
3. Don't Look Back
4. Moving On
5. I Just Want the Truth, Baby
6. Give Me a Smile
9. Dirty Money
12. Finding Beauty In a Broken World