CAKE TO PREMIERE NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR
2ND SINGLE “LONG TIME” ON MTVU & MTV2 MARCH 31
SHOWROOM OF COMPASSION CONTINUES TO RECEIVE ACCLAIM IN THE WAKE OF #1 DEBUT ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200
RECENT APPEARANCES ON NPR, LENO, KIMMEL AND MORE
CAKE’s new animated video for “Long Time” debuts today on MTV The video will premiere March 31 on MTVU and MTV2 as part of their Indie Music Month before moving into regular rotation.
Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, the album continues to receive acclaim with recent appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered” as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lopez Tonight, Conan, The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and more. 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.
The buzz continues with “Long Time,” which is already making a big impact at radio. The animated music video was created by French production company Callicore Films, an art studio that focuses on CG Art and the resistance against “the cultural dictatorship of media” – a perfect match for CAKE. Founded by distinguished French artist Laurent Mercier and his partners Linda Mercier and Xavier Semen, Callicore has worked with John Lee Hooker Jr., Arrested Development, The Buzzcocks, Marky Ramon and more. Their collaboration with CAKE resulted in the beautifully moving video for “Long Time,” a work of art in both storytelling and computer graphics.
“When we heard ‘Long Time’ we were extremely excited to create an animated video production for the song,” said Linda from their studio in Paris. “We have been following CAKE since the beginning and are big fans. The melody and lyrics of ‘Long Time’ brought us a multitude of choices, and together with the band we created a story of a vagabond and his monkey.” Adds Laurent, “No concession. No compromise. Just one direction. That sums up both Callicore and CAKE – the story goes with ‘Long Time,’ the metaphor of a vagabond sentenced because he didn’t follow the same road as others.”
Released on CAKE’s own Upbeat Records, Showroom Of Compassion is their first record of new material since the release of Pressure Chief seven years ago and marks the band’s first Number One album in their nearly two decades of existence. The album has been met by enthusiasm from both fans and critics alike, with the Los Angeles Times raving that Showroom shows CAKE is “in toned condition, turning out polished compositions that could fit in with its classic catalog” and Entertainment Weekly awarding the album a rock-solid B+, declaring Showroomas “remarkably fresh.” CAKE is John McCrea, Vincent DiFiore, Xan McCurdy and Gabriel Nelson
In addition, CAKE can now add bookmaking to their list of accomplishments. The lyrics to “Bound Away”, from the new album, were chosen as the subject and title of a limited edition handmade book, which includes a disc of the single. In creating Bound Away, the members of CAKE worked under the artistic direction of San Francisco book artist Pam DeLuco on every step of the production process, including design, typesetting, linoleum carving, letterpress printing, paper-making and book binding. Recycled and reclaimed materials are used throughout the book, including the band’s old 100% cotton t-shirts and denim jeans for the cover paper. Bound Away, lyrics written by John McCrea, and performed by CAKE with Illustrations by Rigel Stuhmiller, will be available on www.cakemusic.com.
CAKE Tour Dates:
April 14 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
April 15 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
April 16 Washington D.C. 9:30 Club
April 17 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater
April 18 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater
April 19 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 21 New York, NY Terminal 5
April 22 Boston, MA Wang Center
April 23 Portland, ME State Theater
April 29 Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Festival
May 12 Minneapolis, MN State Theater
May 13 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
May 14 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
May 15 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room (Murat Centre)
May 17 Cleveland, OH Masonic Auditorium
May 18 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theater
May 19 Cincinnati, OH Arnoff Center
May 20 Buffalo, NY Artpark
May 21 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
June 13 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
June 14 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
June 17 Boise, ID Wood River Cellars
MORE CAKE IN THE MEDIA:
“John McCrea’s sardonic, half-sung lyrics and Vincent DiFiore’s plaintive
trumpet still cut like a mouthful of glass.” – TIME Magazine
“Deadpan brilliance” – The New Yorker
“Post-new wave with smart lyrics” – New York Times
“Showroom of Compassion shows CAKE’s key ingredients surviving
their 20-year careerunscathed.” -Alternative Press