Photography: CAKE at Pier 17

Posted: by The Editor

When I was first introduced to CAKE as a teen, I didn’t think much of them. I thought that they were just another jam-band that my Dad became obsessed with. However, my music taste has grown and developed since then, and my opinion on the alt-rock band changed. These are a bunch of guys who love making music, and it shows in each and every track they have written. The band are clearly excellent musicians, but still encapsulate a fun and loose vibe, as if we’re just leaning against a garage wall while they’re jamming out together. CAKE are exactly like their band name, a pleasant treat with layers.

At their second night at NYC’s Pier 17, the band came on stage to a roaring applause from the audience. Split into 2 “acts” with an intermission, the band played fan favorites such as “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” and “Never There”, while catering to hardcore CAKE fans by playing a wide range of tracks off of their discography. 27 years after their debut album, “Fashion Nugget” the band proves that their still relevant, and that their music holds up. Ending the night with “The Distance”, I was reminded of how much of a bop that track is. Lead singer, John McCrea, sing-rapping over the sick bass and drums played by Daniel McCallum and Todd Roper respectfully. Towards the end of the track, the wailing trumpet played by Vince DiFiore cuts through ever so perfectly. It was a great way to end the night. If you have a chance to check them out while their still on tour, I highly recommend.




Photos by Sarah Knoll

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