Cake (band)

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Cake is a Sacramento based band that is often label as alternative rock or indie rock, although they are more of the combining of genres as they utilize pop, jazz, funk, rap, and sometimes even country.



Their music has been compared to the likes of They Might Be Giants, Talking Heads, and Camper Van Beethoven. Their unique style has been a new style in an industry where the other bands have much in common as a whole.

They have lyrics that are voiced much like rap in style, catchy and distorted guitar riffs and a solo trumpet. This unique style has been used to make them into the band that they are.

Coming and goings

Damiani left the band in 1997, and was replaced by Gabe Nelson. Greg Brown then left in 1998, and was replaced by Xan McCurdy.

Brown and Damiani would work together when they formed the band called Deathray.

Todd Roper left the band to focus on parenthood after recording Comfort Eagle.

Hit Singles

Their biggest hits have included "The Distance", "Never There", "Sheep Go to Heaven" "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle", "No Phone", "Short Skirt/Long Jacket", and an alternative remake of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".

Additionally, Cake headlined the Unlimited Sunshine Tour festival in the summer of 2002 among an unique ensemble of bands including The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, De La Soul, Latin techno band Kinky and the bluegrass group The Hackensaw Boys.


Cake has released their fifth album, Pressure Chief, on October 5, 2004. They will also be releasing a live album, Live at the Crystal Palace, which is to be released in the autumn 2006.