The Sea and Cake / Gentlemen Scala, King's Cross, London
Article written by
Michael H - Mar 12, 2013
After the fun 70s psychedelic bluesy swamp rock of Gentlemen, a band that looked and sounded like they had arrived straight at the venue from cryogenic defrosting, came the brilliant Sea and Cake.
Resplendent in matching turn-ups they raced through a set of immense charm and driving rhythmic prowess. The two guitarists, Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt spun delicate and beautifully complex melodies; ably powered by one of the best rhythm sections in the business, Tortoise’s John McEntire and Eric Claridge. The halting twists, turns and sudden bending contours were jazz-like but with a relentless emphasis on delivering bouncing intelligent pop songs. The songs which on record can seem sedate and breezy are torn through live at high pace and volume but never lose their subtlety and graceful sharking directness.
The Sea and Cake are a live act so good that a comment, made by a friend: “this one sounds a bit like The Police” did nothing to spoil them. I think this speaks for itself.