Cake, an alternative rock band from Sacramento, CA, is an institution that has been playing for decades now. The band formed in 1991 and members include singer/songwriter John McCrea, guitarist Xan McCurdy, trumpet player Vince DiFiore, bassist Gabe Nelson and drummer Paulo Baldi. They have multiple top hits, and continue to produce great music and tours.

Cake set a standard for its sound. It was a completely original sounds when it came out, and still nothing sounds quite like them. Cake’s style of music combines multiple genres. They have a unique sound with John McCrea’s droll half-spoken, half-sung lyrics being syncopated in a very fresh way. The band is also known for its simplistic yet catchy distorted guitar riffs, and trumpet solos throughout each song.

Cake: “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” Video

The first Cake album, Motorcade of Generosity, was released nationally in 1994. The band then skyrocketed with its next two albums, Fashion Nugget in 1996 and Prolonging the Magic in 1998. In 2001 they released Comfort Eagle, and 2004 saw Pressure Chief. They released a compilation album in 2007, B-Sides and Rarities, which featured several covers and live versions of some of their hits. The band finished and released Showroom of Compassion in January 2011.

Cake: Showroom of Compassion Review

Written by Josh McRae

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