Stir Cove hosts another weekend full of music, this time with two contemporaries who got their start in the early '90s: Cake and Weezer. · They share the alternative rock genre, but they're definitely different bands. · Here's a primer on the bands to get you ready for each show.
Between Cake's latest album, “Showroom of Compassion,” and its previous one, “Pressure Chief,” seven years went by.
It wasn't because the band didn't have anything to say or because fans didn't want to hear them. When “Showroom” finally did drop, it was the No. 1 album in its debut week and songs such as “Federal Funding” and “Sick of You” have been spinning on the radio and in films and commercials.
Lead singer John McCrea told The World-Herald last year that Cake worked hard on the album to give something good to its fans.
“We have a relationship with our audience and there is a sense that I don't feel like we've cheated anyone in the past. I know what it's like to be 17 and not have a lot of spending money. You don't want to buy a CD and find it only has one good song on it,” he said. “We put a lot of work into making a whole album, and I think maybe some people have recognized that and trusted that if they bought the record the first week, it wouldn't be a total waste.”
Between 2008 and 2010, Weezer was on a prolific streak and released four albums: “Weezer,” “Raditude,” “Hurley” and “Death to False Metal,” which included songs such as “Troublemaker,” “Memories” and “(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.”
Weezer has a long career, starting with 1993's “Weezer” and songs such as “Buddy Holly.” The band credits its longevity to taking breaks and respecting members' space.
“We figured out a long time ago that, no matter who you are, if you stay on the road for two years at a time, you get so burnt that you can't remember what was the fire in the first place,” drummer Patrick Wilson told Lake Michigan Shore. “We take breaks and come back to it and it feels fresh and exciting and I love it.”
Recently, Weezer has been doing more than just tours and albums. This summer, the band took a cruise with fans where it played with other groups such as Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Free Energy and Wavves.
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