The Sea and Cake

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The Sea and Cake
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The Sea and Cake at Webster Hall in 2007. From left: Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt and John McEntire.
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Indie rock, jazz, post-rock
Years active 1994–2004
2007–present
Labels Thrill Jockey, Hefty
Associated acts The Coctails
Shrimp Boat
Gastr del Sol
Tortoise
Website www.theseaandcake.com
Members Sam Prekop
Archer Prewitt
John McEntire
Past members Eric Claridge
The Sea and Cake at Primavera Sound 2013. From left: Sam Prekop, John McEntire, Archer Prewitt, Doug McCombs (who filled in for Eric Claridge).

The Sea and Cake is an American indie rock band with a jazz influence, based in Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1]

The group formed in the mid-1990s from members of The Coctails (Archer Prewitt), Shrimp Boat (Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge), and Tortoise (John McEntire); the group's name came from a willful reinterpretation (as the result of an accidental miscomprehension) of "The C in Cake", a song by Gastr del Sol. Starting with 1997's The Fawn, the group has relied on electronic sound sources, such as drum machines and synthesizers, to color its music, but has retained its distinctive post-jazz combo style. The band has shied away from releasing singles, preferring the album format. Contrary to his multi-instrumentalist role in Tortoise, John McEntire almost exclusively plays drums in The Sea and Cake.

Members Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, and John McEntire each have released solo albums. The cover art of The Sea And Cake's releases are largely paintings by member Eric Claridge and photographs by Prekop. Prewitt has been involved in publishing his own comic books and doing graphic design.

In 1995, the band contributed the song "The Fontana" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Bothered produced by the Red Hot Organization. The band was on hiatus from 2004 to 2007. Their most recent album Any Day was released in May 2018.[2]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

All releases on Thrill Jockey Records unless noted.

Albums[edit]

EPs and singles[edit]

  • "Glad You're Right" (b/w "Tiger Panther," "Crimson Wing", 7" single, 1995, Lissy's Records [LISS1], limited edition of 500)
  • Two Gentlemen (12" EP, mainly remixes, 1997)
  • "Window Lights" (b/w "Setup For Bed" (a solo piece by John McEntire), 7" single, 1999, Hefty Records [HEF013], also on Reach the Rock soundtrack, 1999)
  • Glass (CD EP, 2003)

Compilations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Payne, John (November 8, 2012). "The Sea & Cake, Matt Friedberger". LA Weekly. 
  2. ^ Berman, Stuart (May 12, 2018). "The Sea and Cake: Any Day (review)". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 

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