Jacob’s Pavilion takes the CAKE


After posting an article about farmland GMOs on June 15, alternative rock band CAKE’s Facebook page received a stream of feedback. One notable comment by a Facebook user read: “Hey CAKE, your bias is showing.”

The band responded, posting a meme of a pregnant woman, with the caption: “Congratulations, it’s a pizza.”

Not an unusual response, for CAKE’s social media accounts.

4694797719_7f4d436832_z“[We’re] waiting for the well-tempered internet,” said Vincent Difiore, CAKE’s trumpet player, keyboardist and percussionist. “Who knows, maybe this is the best of it we’ll ever see.”

CAKE has never attempted to hide their viewpoints. Their Facebook account is filled with topics like fracking, domestic violence and Bernie Sanders. However, CAKE’s bias enters into more than just their social media; you could say it’s what started the whole band.

Back in the 1990’s, CAKE formed as a response to what the band members saw as excessive and domineering American rock. According to Difiore, it’s a similar musical situation even now, 25 years later.

“There are some amazing sounds and voices and songs being recorded now,” he said. “That sound we were reacting to in the 90s is still around too, for sure.”

Luckily, the economics of the music industry are shifting, at least slightly, in favor of the artists. When CAKE’s “Showroom of Compassion” was released in 2011, it became famous for being a chart-topper with incredibly low sales. Four years later, music sales are back up.

“We sure ain’t Taylor Swift, but at one time, believe it or not, we sold over a million of an album. The tide turned, and it’s on its way back to the streaming services,” said DiFiore.

Luckily, ticket prices alone should keep the band going even if record sales are lousy; CAKE’s upcoming Cleveland show boasts prices of over $50 (with fees). Catch them at Jacob’s Pavilion on July 24, presented by the Grog Shop.