The boys of CAKE are at it again with a brand new studio album, their sixth. SHOWROOM OF COMPASSION debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 at its January 2011 release, marking the band’s first number one album. The album continues to receive acclaim with recent appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered” ,Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.. Meanwhile, their first single, “Sick Of You,” remained a Top 5 hit at both Alternative and Triple A radio for ten weeks.
The band recently wrapped up a headlining tour that sold out within minutes of being announced. The dates took them across the U.S., connecting them with their ceaselessly loyal fan base that have supported the band’s live performances since the release of their first album in 1993. CAKE will head back out in mid-April for another string of sold out dates, kicking off April 14 in Washington D.C. with stops in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and more.
CAKE is John McCrea (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, organ, piano, vibraslap), Vince DiFiore (trumpet, keyboard, harmony vocals, percussion), Xan McCurdy (lead guitar, backing vocals), Gabe Nelson (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Paulo Baldi (drums, percussion, backing vocals); I caught up with Xan during a rare moment at home in Portland about the new tour dates and some exciting new projects. “We took our time with this album. The last studio album of new material was Pressure Chief in 2004. “Showroom” is something different – we spent the past two and half years recording, producing and engineering the album. That studio? Yeah, we built that ourselves. It’s solar-powered, too.”
“Before this album dropped, we were all vaguely terrified about what we were doing. I mean, I’ve been in the band since ‘98. Our fans are great – and they’ve stuck with us through the years.” This is a band that graduated from the same class of alt-rock personalities that produced Beck and Weezer – and these guys love having a foot in the past. They all share and embrace a real appreciation for building things by hand, and that ideal expressed itself in a bookmaking collaboration with Bay Area artist Rigel Stuhmiller and San Francisco book artist Pam DeLuco Recycled and reclaimed materials were used in construction, including old 100% cotton t-shirts and denim jeans for the cover paper. “We want the proceeds of the project to benefit a charity, maybe Planned Parenthood.”
CAKE plays 2 shows – Sunday April 17th & Monday, April 18th at the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia.