Sea and Cake: New Album


The Sea and Cake
Car Alarm, The Sea and Cake's seventh full-length record, is bracing, like the surge of wasabi on sweet sushi, like the slap of cool water on a diving body, like the head-rush of a rollercoaster just leaving summit.

Historically, The Sea and Cake have stayed the course since forming in Chicago in 1993, but over the last couple of years they have pulled in even tighter, recording hot and fast on the heels of a busy performance schedule without breaking for other projects. The sense of trust and communication that is key to a working band is cultivated over the long haul. Stop working together, and those connections go dormant, hibernate; keep on trucking, and they deepen and get sharper, allowing the band to reach for new things, experiment freely, evolve and develop and grow.

The Sea and Cake's aim in creating Car Alarm was to follow up quickly on its precursor, the stripped down Everybody. Sam Prekop says the band wanted to make a record that felt like they had never stopped playing, a continuously limbered up ensemble that parlayed its last tour into new material. They started working on it right after an Australian tour in March, and finished it after a miraculous three-month gestation. If the usual process in pop music is to make a record and then breathe life into it on the road, this flips that presumption on its head, starting with a vital, pulsing set-list on disc; what heights they'll take the new songs to in concert only remains to be seen.

Car Alarm will be released October 21 on Thrill Jockey.

Track listing:
01. Aerial
02. a Fuller Moon
03. on a Letter
04. CMS Sequence
05. Car Alarm
06. Weekend
07. New Schools
08. Window Sills
09. Down in the City
10. Pages
11. the Staircase
12. Mirrors

Check out JamBase's 2007 exclusive feature with The Sea and Cake here.

[Published on: 6/30/08]

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BGsteveBG Mon 6/30/2008 10:51AM
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These guys kick ass, from what I've heard from them

stopthepotron Mon 6/30/2008 11:36AM
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Is it a coincidence that I knew exactly what this band would sound like before I heard the sample?

Robusto Mon 6/30/2008 11:37AM
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I was super pumped by this news, fearing that the next S and C album would be for years to come. Awesome!

Flat5 Mon 6/30/2008 01:08PM
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worst band name ever!

SuperFish Tue 7/1/2008 08:02AM
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I agree - worst band name ever.

j-bizzle starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/1/2008 12:37PM
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can't wait for this!

In a world with band names such as Disco Biscuits and Umphrey's, I'll take The Sea and Cake anyday.

thedrugsdontwork Tue 7/1/2008 01:40PM
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lol, seriously....the disco biscuits....def. the gayest band name ever.

groovatronics starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 03:15PM
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these guys are machines!!

album after album of great music, i mean damn. the sea and cake are so much better than so many other bands it's just crazy to think about.

and by the way flat5, johnnybush, etc, the name was originally supposed to be The C in Cake, but someone in their management made a mistake somewhere along the line. or something like that.