There was one brief moment of stage banter near the end of the set after, Sam Prekop ended a song practically doing windmills on his guitar, that gave a great insight into the music we had all just seen. Fellow guitarist Archer Pruitt commented "What the hell was that?" to which Prekop responded deadpan and with a smirk "Midlife crisis." It was a brief insight into the headspace of the band that showed after all was said and done, and for all the perfect chords and perfectly syncopated rhythms, that they don't actually take themselves all that seriously.
When The Sea and Cake take the stage, they come to rock softly and carry a BIG sense of history. Choosing to for the most part ignore the material from their latest EP, The Moonlight Butterfly (Sam Prekop actually stated something to the effect that he didn't even know the name of the album), the band chose instead to take a trip back through the bands catalog that showcased exactly why they garnered so much damn respect in the first place.
Trading in showmanship for precision, the band focused in a sound that managed to somehow be entirely it's own yet at the same time reminding the audience of practically every bit of indie rock they had ever heard. The Sea and Cake don't just know their history, they ARE history and it shows in their performances. Which is not to say that the band lacks identity. Quite the opposite. The band is simply one of the best post-rock-indie-rock-powerhouses in existence and so if what your hearing from another band sounds familiar, it probably because they're trying to emulate The Sea And Cake.
Witness the band performing the song "The Arguement" from 1997's The Fawn:
The Sea and Cake are on tour NOW, so be sure to catch them when they come to your town.
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