Twenty Years Later: The Last Revel Covers Cake’s ‘The Distance’

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Following last year’s successful Songs Of Their Own video series of artists covering songs by the Grateful Dead, the Twenty Years Later video series features some of JamBase’s favorite musicians recording songs released in 1996. Looking back, the music released 20 years ago proved to be critical in both rock ‘n’ roll history and particularly within the jam band scene. The year 1996 saw seminal albums released by Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, moe., The String Cheese Incident, the Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams, Galactic, Medeski Martin & Wood, God Street Wine, Strangefolk and The Slip, helping to solidify the maturing jam scene.

There were also influential records issued in 1996 by the likes of artists as diverse as Beck, Jamiroquai, Modest Mouse, Rage Against The Machine, Johnny Cash, Pearl Jam, Sting, Tool, 2Pac and many others. The Twenty Years Later video series takes a look back at those releases, with participating artists covering songs from albums turning 20 this year. For this installment, The Last Revel went for Cake‘s “The Distance.”

Written by founding guitarist and now former member of Cake, Greg Brown, “The Distance” appeared on the band’s platinum-certified sophomore LP Fashion Nugget, which was released in the fall of 1996. The second song on their second record was also the second single issued, and it soon became a hit for the band, reaching the Top 40 on several of Billboard’s charts. Originally founded in nearby Sacramento, Cake filmed the popular video for their single in and around the Bay Area.

In town while on tour earlier this month, Minneapolis-based three-piece The Last Revel swung over to the JamBase offices in San Francisco to add their cover of Cake’s “The Distance” to the Twenty Years Later series. Guitarist Lee Henke, banjoist Ryan Acker and Vinnie Donatelle on upright bass put their front porch Americana touch on a stripped-down rendering of the now two-decades old tune. Watch them play “The Distance” followed by a performance of their original “Unbound” from their 2015 self-titled LP below:

[The Distance]

[Unbound]

Head here to see all of the entries in the Twenty Years Later series. Stay on top of all of JamBase’s video content by subscribing to the official YouTube channel here.

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