Leftover Cake is kind of depressing
It was, perhaps, one of the more depressing -- but open -- interviews I've done recently. I spoke with front man and lead singer John McCrea (pictured, second from the left), who founded the band back in the early '90s.
McCrea sounded really downbeat and grumpy for some reason. I don't know why. Maybe that's just how he is. I played devil's advocate a bit and he got pretty riled up. Here are a couple quotes that didn't end up in the article.
"It wouldn't take much to push us off the edge, just the edge of being able to exist, being able to continue to exist as a band. ... It's getting easier and easier to be a big star on YouTube. But in terms of being able to eat food, that's getting almost impossible for all but a very, very few bands."
(The band sold out the 4,200-capacity Pier Six Pavilion in 2007 and sold out a two-night stand at the 9:30 Club in late May) ...
"We're not involved with the machinery anymore. It's certainly interesting to watch us disappear because of that. ... I think being culturally irrelevant is not the worst thing."
On not being a part of a major label anymore:
"I don't think you're going to see us on late night talk shows anymore. That whole thing's rigged."
On where he was coming from when he released the first Cake album, Motorcade of Generosity, in 1994:
"For me, it was always trying to prove something to myself -- that I could do it. I was always very angry. I hated the music that was going on that the time when I released [Motorcade of Generosity]. It was just a big, huge, [expletive] you to the wide load, big, dumb American rock."