Sacramento, Calif.-based band Cake has produced its unique style of music consistently on six full-length albums during the past 20 years. Depending on who's talking, the group is described as alternative rock, funk, ska, jazz, country hip-hop or pop. But while it's difficult to pinpoint the genre, you always know when you're listening to Cake. Occasionally ironic and typically sarcastic, John McCrea has made half-spoken, half-sung vocals with accompanying trumpet and piano the band's signature sounds. The group rose to popularity when it released Fashion Nugget in 1996 and is most famous for its singles "The Distance," "I Will Survive," "Never There" and "Short Skirt, Long Jacket."
After a seven-year hiatus, Cake's latest album, Showroom of Compassion, exceeds expectations for both loyal and casual fans by delivering polished tracks and some experimental instrumentation without dropping the band's style. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in January and includes the singles "Sick of You" and "Long Time." To promote Showroom's release, band members donated their old T-shirts and clothing to produce lyric books for the song "Bound Away."
Cake takes center stage on Friday, June 17, as a part of the Outlaw Field Concert Series, before continuing its tour in Europe. As Marie Antoinette would say, "Let them see Cake."