90s alt-rock weirdos Cake have been slowly edging towards their comeback for a good part of the year. After joining Ben Folds on the road for one of the most anticipated gigs of the year, they quietly released a cover of Roger Miller’s 'Reincarnation'.
Now, Cake have finally released a wholly new, original song. Titled 'Sinking Ship', the track is the first original material from the Sacramento based experimental rockers in seven years. Their last release was 'Showroom of Compassion', which arrived in 2011. 'Sinking Ship' is the first in a series of singles the band says will result in a full album. No release date has been confirmed as of yet. All earnings from the new song will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
The new song showcases more of the non-conformist band's genre-blending sound. It's grounded by a grimy distorted guitar riff, which builds to incorporate winding synths, carnivalesque organs and Vince DiFiore's signature trumpets. Frontman Mike McCrea abandons his usual deadpan spoken-word style singing, choosing instead to croon the tragicomic tune that introspects the bleakness of today's times. 'Sinking Ship' is accompanied by a stop-motion animation video directed by frequent collaborator Owen Streeter. Check out the new single below:
“We are happy to be releasing new music; this time in the form of a series of singles,” McCrea said in a statement. “‘Sinking Ship’ is quite pessimistic but somehow does not seem hyperbolic right now. All proceeds from the sale of this song will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. CAKE is proud to be able to help out in securing real leadership for the United States. It is a critical time for the world, and it is more important than ever to find leaders capable of putting country above self-interest. Real greatness comes from community, cooperation, and ethical leadership.”
"‘Sinking Ship’ is a sobering meditation on the current human habitation of the planet,” added instrumentalist/backing vocalist DiFiore. “Where do we go from here? It’s always worth contemplating.”
Cake have a handful of U.S. tour dates booked for late 2018. Their next show is October 30 at the rally for Texas Senate nominee Beto O’Rourke in Irving, Texas, which is not surprising considering the band doesn't shy away from expressing their political views. They will also play other rallies for Devin Nunes' challenger Democrat Andrew Janz and Democratic Congressional hopeful from Illinois, Lauren Underwood. Cake then kick off a tour of the U.K. and Europe in January 2019.
Cake 2018-2019 Tour Dates:
10/30 – Irving, TX @ Toyota Music Factory (Beto O’Rourke Rally)
10/31 – Chicago, IL @ EvenFlow Music and Spirits (Lauren Underwood Rally)
11/02 – Fresno, CA @ The Historic Crest Theater (Andrew Janz Rally)
12/12 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
01/18 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
01/19 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
01/20 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 2
01/21 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
01/23 – Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union
01/25 – Luxembourg, LU @ Den Atelier
01/26 – Paris, FR @ Salle Pleyel