The Sea and Cake

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

The Sea and Cake
The Sea and Cake at Webster Hall in 2007. From left: Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt and John McEntire.
The Sea and Cake at Webster Hall in 2007. From left: Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt and John McEntire.
Background information
OriginChicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1994–2004
LabelsThrill Jockey, Hefty
Associated actsThe Coctails
Shrimp Boat
Gastr del Sol
MembersSam Prekop
Archer Prewitt
John McEntire
Past membersEric Claridge
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 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. Prewitt has been involved in publishing his own comic books and doing graphic design.

In 1995, the band contributed the song "The Fontana" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Bothered produced by the Red Hot Organization. The band was on hiatus from 2004 to 2007. Their most recent album Any Day was released in May 2018.[2]



All releases on Thrill Jockey Records unless noted.

Studio albumsEdit

EPs and singlesEdit

  • "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.
  2. ^ Berman, Stuart (May 12, 2018). "The Sea and Cake: Any Day (review)". Pitchfork. Retrieved 21 May 2018.

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