This is one more reason why I wish MFTCC would tour the states (I live in Pittsburgh). Some tracks, like "Weather Coast" sound even better live than in the studio. Fantastic playing and great songs. It's a pity my copy hasn't arrived yet (ordered it in Sept) but I'm still enjoying the digital download.
Favorite track: The Weather Coast.
A collection of 17 live recordings spanning the bands 25 year career.
"From the band room we hear the strains of the intro tape, usually an instrumental from one of our records.we’re on..the girls do last minute tuning, I finish my whisky, grab a water, Greg says “David….Do a good show.” Helen, Hope and I walk on we begin sparse and slow, a couple of songs, an instrumental. From there it builds up momentum as all the band gradually get on stage. We divide the set into up songs, down songs, up instrumentals, down instrumentals, old songs, new songs... it's a binary thing. Middle of the first set and end of the second set we are wall of sound, we build in and around those moments. Two sets, pretty much always, it gives us a break in the middle to regroup and come back firing for the second half. Pretty much always play for just under two hours. I think we give moneys worth, I hope so anyway. Since 1989 from Brunswick via Edinburgh, Hanoi, Cork, South Carolina and all the great cities of Australia and regional centres…tents, outdoor settings, churches, pubs, clubs, RSLs, workers clubs, theatres…and I sing "travel all over the country side, ask the Leyland brothers." The band formed out of live gigs at Madigans, an old Druids hall that felt like a living room..fire place, grand piano, op shop furniture.This shaped our sound and performance.We love our audience, they give instant feedback just by the expressions on their faces..couples who have fallen in love, buried their parents, travelled through Europe, had kids, done the dishes using the Cake's songs as their soundtrack. It means a lot to us…we asked our motley crue of master live mixers, Tim, Brett, Rob, Stu, Siri and Simon to send in their desk tapes of gigs and we have compiled this Best Cake In Show collection...mostly those songs not on Live at the National Theatre and Parade…a different sort of collection. Hope you enjoy"
released May 1, 2014
My Friend the Chocolate Cake are
David Bridie (vocals, piano, harmonium)
Helen Mountfort ('cello, backing vocals)
Hope Csutoros (violin)
Andrew Carswell (mandolin and tin whistle)
Andrew Richardson (guitar)
Dean Addison (double bass)
Greg Patten (drums)
except when we have special guests
Xani Kolac violin on tracks 1, 4, 8 &15
David Abuiso double bass on tracks 2 &5
Tracks 1,5 11 recorded by Tim Cole at The Capital Theatre, Bendigo 2008
Tracks 8,12 &14 recorded by Tim Cole at The East Brunswick Club, Melbourne 2007
Tracks 10 &13 recorded by Tim Cole at the Governor Hindmarsh , Adelaide 2002
Tracks 2,3,4,6,7,15 &16 recorded by Stu MacPhee at the Continental, Melbourne 1998
Track 9 recorded at the Queenscliff Music Festival 2009 by Tim Cole
Mastered by Simon Polinski at Haus Bilas Studios
My Friend the Chocolate Cake are Managed by Penney and Logan
Artwork by Andrew B. White
Photographs of MFTCC by Simon Thomsen, Rob Miles,
Thanks to Jo,Michael,Anne,Melinda,Kaz and DNDaz. Thanks to Carolyn, Andrew and Tilly. To Xani Kolac for filling in for the hopster.Also past Cakesters David Abuiso, Andrea Keeble, Michael Barker, Russel Bradley.Thanks to past management Michael Roberts, Bernard Galbally, Rachel Connor. No thanks to Nick Minchin.
Thanks especially to you wonderful bods for coming along over the years
Their name alone should have ensured a quiet life. No one dreamed of ARIA awards, two years of sold-out Edinburgh Festival
dates or the kind of ageless and eternally devoted audience. Somewhere within the unlikely union of kitchen sink piano tales, vivid chamber orchestration and hell-raising instrumental shenanigans, the Melbourne band has carved out a 20 year, seven album history....more