My Friend the Chocolate Cake Tour and Exclusive Live Album
My Friend the Chocolate Cake hit the road once more with a string of dates in 2014. To celebrate they're treating Choccy Cake fans to an exclusive new live album titled 'Best Cake in Show!'. Available to purchase at the shows or online only, the new album features hidden gems and unheard takes on old favourites, all of which have been recorded live throughout the band's sprawling 25 year career - an absolute must have for fans. So have your cake and eat it too at Church of The Trinity in Adelaide on May 4; The Substation in Melbourne on 31 May; Caravan Music Club in Melbourne on 7 & 8 June; New Globe Theatre in Brisbane on 14 June; The Basement in Sydney on 15 June.
This is suburban folk rock at its finest. Singer/songwriter and pianist David Bridie, alongside the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort's cello and Hope Csutoros' violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made MFTCC a failsafe concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks these last two and a half decades. Their seven-album history is a multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia that illustrates its geography, its political mores and its predominantly suburban identity.
The new exclusive live album marks the band's 8th album release and features 16 tracks recorded live at gigs over a 10 year period. It's a companion piece to previous live album 'Parade', a continuation of their 'best of' list and a chance to show the strength of the band's live sound, offering new interpretations from the original studio versions that have evolved throughout many years of touring.
David Bridie says: "we begin sparse and slow… divide the set into up songs, down songs, up instrumentals down instrumentals, old songs, new songs…it's a binary thing. Since 1989 from Brunswick via Edinburgh, Hanoi, Cork, South Carolina and all the great cities of Australia and regional centres…tents, outdoor settings, churches, pubs, clubs, RSLs, workers clubs, theatres … The band formed out of live gigs at Madigans, an old Druids hall that felt like a living room… fire place, grand piano, op shop furniture. This shaped our sound and performance. We love our audience, they give instant feedback just by the expressions on their faces… couples who have fallen in love, buried their parents, travelled through Europe, had kids, done the dishes using the Cake's songs as their soundtrack. It means a lot to us…"
"Abounds with beauty and life" (Sunday Herald Sun).
"Beautiful, creative, sorrowful, masterful music by a bunch of lovely people...... Right from opening number 'The Centre Cannot Hold' from their most recent album, MFTCC commanded a rapt and reverent hush from the heaving Basement crowd. You could have heard a pin drop throughout the whole song."(Live review, Live Guide).
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Tour Dates (and posters)
Church of The Trinity, Adelaide - 4 May 2014
The Substation, Melbourne - 31 May 2014
Caravan Music Club, Melbourne - 7 & 8 June 2014
New Globe Theatre, Brisbane - 14 June 2014
The Basement, Sydney - 15 June 2014
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