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The Sea and Cake

The Sea and Cake
File:Image The sea and cake.jpg
The Sea and Cake at Webster Hall in 2007. From left: Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt and John McEntire.
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, USA
Genres Indie rock, jazz, post-rock
Years active 1994–2004
Labels Thrill Jockey, Hefty
Associated acts The Coctails
Shrimp Boat
Gastr del Sol
Members Sam Prekop
Archer Prewitt
John McEntire
Eric Claridge
File:The Sea and Cake - Primavera 2013.jpg
The Sea and Cake at Primavera Sound 2013. From left: Sam Prekop, John McEntire, Archer Prewitt, Doug McCombs (who filled in for Eric Claridge).

The Sea and Cake is an indie rock band with a jazz influence based in Chicago.[1]

The group formed in the mid-1990s from members of The Coctails (Archer Prewitt), Shrimp Boat (Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge), and Tortoise (John McEntire); the group's name came from a willful reinterpretation (as the result of an accidental miscomprehension) of "The C in Cake", a song by Gastr del Sol. Starting with 1997's The Fawn, the group has relied on electronic sound sources, such as drum machines and synthesizers, to color its music, but has retained its distinctive post-jazz combo style. The band has shied away from releasing singles, preferring the album format. Contrary to his multi-instrumentalist role in Tortoise, John McEntire almost exclusively plays drums in The Sea and Cake.

Members Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, and John McEntire each have released solo albums. The cover art of The Sea And Cake's releases are largely paintings by member Eric Claridge and photographs by Prekop. (Postcards of some of the One Bedroom-era photos were sold on the band's 2003 tour.) Prewitt has been involved in publishing his own comic books and doing graphic design.

The band was on hiatus from 2004 to 2007, returning with Everybody. Their eighth studio album, Car Alarm, was released in October 2008. Their most recent studio album, "Runner" was released in 2012.

In 1995, the band contributed the song "The Fontana" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Bothered produced by the Red Hot Organization. In October 2010, the band released "Skies" as a special single to accompany their tour with Broken Social Scene.



All releases on Thrill Jockey Records unless noted.


EPs and singles

  • "Glad You're Right" (b/w "Tiger Panther," "Crimson Wing", 7" single, 1995, Lissy's Records [LISS1], limited edition of 500)
  • Two Gentlemen (12" EP, mainly remixes, 1997)
  • "Window Lights" (b/w "Setup For Bed" (a solo piece by John McEntire), 7" single, 1999, Hefty Records [HEF013], also on Reach the Rock soundtrack, 1999)
  • Glass (CD EP, 2003)



  1. ^ Payne, John (November 8, 2012). "The Sea & Cake, Matt Friedberger". LA Weekly. 

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