My Friend the Chocolate Cake have hit the road on the back of the release of their newest album, The Revival Meeting.
Three shows in and they have already enjoyed full houses across the board, including a huge 800-plus crowd in their hometown of Melbourne at the Recital Centre.
With forthcoming shows in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Blue Mountains, Castlemaine, Wagga Wagga and Griffith across July and August. the band have just announced an additional two performances to be staged in Melbourne this November.
To celebrate, the band have released an official video for single Jeffrey Smart (Silver City). In this track, a Wurlitzer and a spacious groove underpin the tale about seeking to find the edge, the natural textural beauty and surreal light in the urban ordinary in the way that the expatriate Australian painter Jeffrey Smart did.
David Bridie says: “Illuminating modern urban alienation, post-industrial landscapes. No need for picture postcard beauty. The best stuff is lamp posts, freeway overpasses, high rise flats, and old Greek men with cigarettes. Helen’s backing vocals sound like Serge Gainsbourg angels.”
The new album has been described as “an album unlike any other, combining genres, images, instruments and lyrics not found in much of today’s music. This is not a throwback, or retro album. Sure their influences dip into folk, maybe even classical. But it is their own sound.
This album is a work of art, and one that makes me reach back into their catalogue, but for my ears, this is their best and their most accomplished album to date." (**** Spill Magazine)
The song writing genius of David Bridie combined with the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made My Friend The Chocolate Cake a big concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks for more than two and a half decades.
Their album history is a multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia that illustrates its geography, its political mores and its predominantly suburban identity, all by the kind of stealth that makes the most haunting, exhilarating and enduring pop music.
An album unlike any other, combining genres, images, instruments and lyrics not found in much of today’s music ...