THE SEA AND CAKE FOR EVERYBODY

I've heard the band's music called a "sound to fall in-love to." What are your thoughts on that notion? Does your music make you feel all warm and fuzzy?


The Sea and Cake
I'm not opposed to that notion, however, I'd wonder how realistic that would be. "Warm and fuzzy," hmmm, I think the music's a bit darker than it might seem initially.

I'm not too keen on that, either. "Warm and fuzzy" seems a little over the top to me. That brings me to this: Can everyone truly get TSAC's sound? Do you think this post-modern-ness, odd time signatures and abstract vibes can be understood competently by the masses?

I think we're interested in complex music but that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be difficult to listen to. I think ultimately The Sea and Cake is quite approachable.

Where would you place The Sea and Cake's sound? I've heard everything from glistening post-pop to "Euro-influenced indie soft-rock." I'm not too sure what to call it or even if it's a good idea to try to do so.


The Sea and Cake
I try and not give a name to what we do. I've never really come up with an accurate description. Depending on who I'm talking to, I'll come up with different things. I've called us a rock band, a pop band, an art-rock band. Maybe that's it - art rock. I never really minded post-rock, either. It's so generic. It's useful in that no one quite knows what it is. However, it doesn't usually involve singing, so that doesn't really work either.

I find your music completely accessible but do you think the complexity of your compositions can be lost or go over some listener's heads?

I'm sure that happens. I can't really worry about it. We certainly wouldn't change to accommodate people who couldn't hear it. I think the music can be enjoyed on a rock-pop band level, as well as a more experimental outfit.

The Sea and Cake is the culmination of all that is great about the Chicago post-rock, indie scene. Just living in the Windy City has played a pivotal role in their development and artistic expression. It's in the city itself that these collectives of artists found their inspiration to create. Chicago has long been a hotbed of geographic migration. Families from all over the world would make their way there, bringing fresh infusions of culture and creativity with each wave of immigrants. As worlds collide, so do various forms of expression, producing an eclectic melting pot characteristic of the modern American megalopolis.

JamBase: Describe Chicago's role in your music. You guys, Tortoise, The Shipping News, 90 Day Man, there's been a slew of quality music coming from the Windy City over the last 15 years.


The Sea and Cake
Sam Prekop: I don't think there's a prescription for this kind of thing to happen. It's likely a fluke, and also depends on who you're talking to. There are so many factors involved that create a perceived scene or movement I wouldn't know where to begin. But, I'll say the audience here in Chicago is as responsible for it as the bands. Chicago is a music loving, supportive city.

Are you living in Chicago now? Other than the thriving artistic scene, what are some of the city's greatest attributes?

I've always lived here so I feel like my objective perspective on it is a little skewed. I have to trust it's been a large part of my make-up as an artist. It's sort of an endless pool of influence. It's hard to pinpoint one specific thing. It's a big city but it's entirely livable. Therefore, it's attractive. Your overhead here is so much lower. Basically, it affords you the time to explore more esoteric musical avenues. That's an important fact for how that all got started here. Chicago has a long history of people migrating here and making creative music.

How do your paintings help inspire your compositions? Do those two worlds often collide? Taken together, how do the art and music worlds, and the creative processes that go along with, offer you outlets to convey your thoughts and emotions?


The Sea and Cake
There no discernible link I've found in the process of making paintings or music. I never work on them simultaneously. Basically, both disciplines reflect my sensibility. Hopefully, where one would find the connection is if I've successfully expressed myself honestly you might be able to tell that I'd did both. Beyond that, there's really no practical correlation, except that I'm compelled to do both.

Lastly, where is The Sea and Cake heading? Is this ever going to be a full-time thing or will you maintain this sporadic, almost cult-like approach?

We're definitely planning on recording another record sooner than later, hopefully this Fall. I think another four-year break could be problematic. I think it's time for us to take advantage of the current momentum, so look for another one soon.

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Comments

deadpig79 Thu 5/10/2007 11:16PM
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deadpig79

yeah sea and cake. see yall in seattle!

jimsan Fri 5/11/2007 07:58AM
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keithrichardsforpres starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/11/2007 09:55AM
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keithrichardsforpres

jimsan - are you a complete idiot, do you have nothing better to do than post absurd comments all over jambase. maybe read the articles instead of wasting everyones time with your jibberish.

tzolkin13 star Fri 5/11/2007 11:25AM
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Unless you are making a statement about it...
What band would take a picture of themselves with a Chemtrail above their heads?

Oh well....it's Sea and Cake

j-bizzle starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/11/2007 03:10PM
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j-bizzle

good review - these guys are great. and damn, tortoise and sea and cake touring in the same year. whats next the apocolypse?

cuttyfives Fri 5/11/2007 03:20PM
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"toroise is textured rythms..." bonaroo 1 dvd..yeah toroise tour!

deadpig79 Sat 5/12/2007 01:47AM
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Fred T. starstarstarstarstar Sat 5/12/2007 12:07PM
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Fred T.

now thats good sat. am reading.

roberto767 Sat 5/12/2007 03:22PM
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roberto767

deadpig must have a giant rock up his ass or something. I find that jimsan's comments are always very insightful. Why don't you go smoke a joint deadpig?

All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Sun 5/13/2007 10:31AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

the sea and cake rule. it's awesome to see them get some love on JB. I highly reccomend their first two albums (Self titled and Nasseau) as the starting points for any new fans.

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I need to check into the album a bit more. I have this feeling its EMO rock? I will check it out. Right now I am unsure. peas...

mcmanust Mon 5/14/2007 08:30PM
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EMO Sea and Cake are not. I think we forget that EMO is My Chemical Romance and such. Anyways their catalog of albums has too much jazz influence.

j-bizzle Tue 5/15/2007 09:30AM
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j-bizzle

Exactly - emo is about the farthest from the truth when describing the Sea and Cake. Its more pop/rock/jazz - and they do a tremendous job combining the 3.

DirtyRice starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/15/2007 09:23PM
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DirtyRice

the sea and cake is a great band. sounds like tortoise with some sweet vocals. anything on thrill jockey records is worth checking out.

rockera starstarstarstar Wed 5/16/2007 09:32AM
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good to see the sea and cake back. Are they touring with Bumps ( tortoise drummers project)?

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sorry, overall its sappy crap pop. track 9 is pretty cool.
sucks for me, I work in a radio station and its on the playlist. I have to spin it, but I spin lots of music I dont really love so much. so goes life. take the good with the bad.
PS> JIMSAN ur funny. Its fun to yank the chain sometimes.
haha.. love ur posting. hehee... peas. sea and pie lovers.

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ocean and pie :-0 I like both but not together. :P