What’s better than amazing indie artists coming together to contribute songs about self care and then donating the proceeds to charity? I’ll tell you: nothing. Nothing is better. And Sleeper Records, a new West Philly-based record label, just made that happen. The compilation is called Six Weeks of Winter and its basically a lo-fi indie lover’s dream wrapped up in one pretty package. Continue reading →
Music writers love to romanticize DIY home studios — the hiss and static of the tape machine, the in-the-moment spirit of the performances, the images of bedroom walls lined with egg carton soundproofing and floors covered in piles of tangled cable.
The musicians themselves — they’re not always as sentimental about it. As Katie Bennett of Philadelphia’s Free Cake For Every Creature tweeted earlier this week, “[I’m] slowly realizing that, while my 100+ year-old apartment on a main street in a big city may be charming, it’s not the ideal place to record.” She continued: “listen for my neighbor’s trombone exercises and a minute-long trolly honk in every new song.”
While that definitely reads like Bennett’s West Philadelphia environs seeping into her recorded output, it also goes the other way around: the sound of Free Cake for Every Creature is the sound of Bennett and her musical collaborators reacting to their surroundings and turning their workarounds into strengths. Continue reading →
Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
Indie-pop quartet Free Cake for Every Creature plays tonight at World Cafe Live. The Philly-based group released their first full length album, Talking Quietly With You, last April. Joining them will be Philly favorite Hello Shark, who just released Delicate, and Florida-based indie duo Sales. Tickets and information for the all ages show can be found here. Watch the video for “All You Gotta Be When You’re 23 Is Yourself” below, released last spring on their latest LP. Continue reading →
It makes a lot of sense for a band named after cake to make a birthday-themed video. In “All You Gotta Be When You’re 23 Is Yourself,” Katie Bennett and the Free Cake for Every Creature gang are surrounded by sparkly party decorations and (of course) hand-drawn donuts as they sing about making the best of what you have. The track is off of the band’s latest LP Talking Quietly of Anything With You.
Sound and Place is a recurring series where we take Philly musicians to their favorite places in town. For this installment, we visit Katie Bennett of Free Cake for Every Creature at Satellite Cafe in West Philadelphia.
It’s a Sunday afternoon and Katie Bennett is reading a book. There’s a chill outside on Baltimore Avenue, but she’s cradled by the intersection of two red walls in a seating area just off of the register at Satellite Cafe in West Philadelphia. Bennett does this a lot–to clear her head, get a rush of caffeine, eat some of the coffee shop’s vegan treats and to write.
Her band, Free Cake For Every Creature is about to release their first full length, Talking Quietly Of Anything With You on April 15 on Double Double Whammy. Meanwhile, she recalls the first get together she hosted at her home nearby, the first place she’s lived since moving from Saratoga Springs in 2015, where she’d spent five years.
“We were having some friends over for a little barbecue that evening and I was sitting and thinking about how excited I was and how cool and how good I felt being here,” Bennett says. There’s a sheepish enthusiasm in her voice, much like the vocal style in which she sings–hushed and patient.
Philly indie-pop quartetFree Cake For Every Creature have shared the video for the title track from their upcoming album, Talking Quietly Of Anything With You.
Directed by Craig Scheihing – the Philly filmmaker you can read more about in our interview here – the video shows singer-songwriter Katie Bennett walking around the city in quiet wonder. The song, which was inspired by Bennett’s move from upstate New York to Philadelphia, observes the subtle niceties that the city has to offer while she wears headphones, takes pictures, and pets dogs. Continue reading →
Philly lo-fi popsters Free Cake for Every Creature are gearing up to release their new album Talking Quietly Of Anything With You in April, and while on tour, they stopped by Daytrotter to record a quick session.
The band, who has been steadily releasing music together since 2013, performed three new songs from Talking Quietly and “All You Gotta Be When You’re 23” from Moving Songs, which was released just last January. The songs “Talking Quietly Of Anything With You” and “Chubby Cows” will both be on their upcoming album, and so will previously released single “First Summer In The City.” Continue reading →
It’s never a good idea to judge a band by its name — except in the case of Free Cake for Every Creature, the rare instance of a band name whose charming and playful name happens to perfectly mirror their music. With lyrics like “For you I’d steal a 50-cent machine / and we won’t need money or anything / cause we’ll have gumballs,” the Philly-via-Upstate New York four-piece emit a delighful lo-fi pop vibe that’s reminiscent of Double Double Whammy label-mate Frankie Cosmos. They’re gearing up to release their newest record Talking Quietly of Anything With You in April, and tonight you can find them at the First Unitarian Church. Grab tickets to the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
When a band is called Free Cake for Every Creature, you’d expect the songs to be sweet and poppy. That’s exactly what we get on “For You,” a track taken from the Philadelphia / upstate New York project’s forthcoming Talking Quietly of Anything With You. The record will be out on April 15th through Double Double Whammy, with a release show at Everybody Hits the following night.