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3 UP 3 DOWN June 2 CAKE Sokol Auditorium, 13th and Martha Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m., $38.50, ticketmaster.com It’s fairly hard to believe it’s been 15 years since an underdog band from Sacramento did the unthinkable, going way outside the box and turning a head-shaking disco anthem into a head-nodding alternative rock jam. But that’s what CAKE did, because outside the box is what CAKE does. Underdogs no more, next Thursday CAKE will be inside the loveable box you know as Sokol Auditorium to play their rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and other unique hits like “The Distance” and “Short Skirt/Long jacket,” as well as material from their latest album Showroom of Compassion, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s charts upon its release in January. We caught up with CAKE trumpeter Vince DiFiore, one of the two remaining founding members of the band (the other is frontman John McCrea) to talk about the success of the band and their new album. For the full transcript of the 15-minute interview with DiFiore, click here. Do you remember the last time you were through town? Yeah, you know I think we’ve played somewhere else since but the thing I always remember about Omaha is the Ranch Bowl … is that what it was? That was cool. It had a bowling alley, video games, and then the music venue of course. Yeah, uh, it’s a Walmart now. Sore subject. But you guys are playing a different sort of classic Omaha venue this time around, Sokol Auditorium. We’ve got a couple newer places but I suppose you’re still getting to one of the classics. Anyway, I’ll give you a chance to talk about the new album — how is the new stuff being received on the road? It’s been received very well. When you put an album out you hope for the best. We weren’t going to release this album until we felt really good about it. We didn’t have to put it out at any certain time and we intentionally picked a release date that made sense for us. We weren’t on a contract with a label that said we had to have an album out in two years after the last one. We’ve had to deal with that in the past and it caused arguments and pushed the music along in a way that we weren’t comfortable with. This time we had total say in it. I was going to touch on the continued success of the band … is it pretty nice to have that sort of freedom now where you don’t have to crank out an album every year to build your name? It’s nice to have that, but I don’t have any complaints about the help we got from labels in the past. We wouldn’t be where we are now if we hadn’t had them, so I’m careful not to take them for granted. They’re the ones who got us the first radio play and really built awareness of our group. And the ones we worked with, they never took control of our artwork … or demanded we get some slick hotshot producer to work with. We had really good luck with the major labels.

posted at 09:56 pm
on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

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