Just a few months after releasing their latest album The Bluest Star, Free Cake For Every Creature has announced that the project is coming to an end. The West Philly indie pop outfit is led by singer-songwriter Katie Bennett, who started the project in 2013. Since then, she’s gone on to release three home-recorded full-length albums under the Free Cake name, but has decided it’s time to move on to other projects. Free Cake For Every Creature will play two full-band farewell shows in May. Continue reading →
The last time we heard from Keith Hampson’s experimental lo-fi project, Power Animal, it was breathing as a solo entitiy. Now, Power Animal is back, and though the upcoming material is the most personal Hampson has been, he’s enlisted the help of friends for a move back to full-band territory, which comes to fruition in the album, Good Wind Pt. 1.
Free Cake for Every Creature recently released the very accurately titled 2 love songs EP on Bandcamp, which features covers of “Another Girl, Another Planet” by 70s London punks The Only Ones, as well as a cover of Sade’s “By Your Side.” Proceeds from the single go to the National Women’s Law Center.
The first of the two tracks retains Free Cake’s quirky lyrics and soft vocals, but packs a punch with a bigger sound brought on by some Car Seat Headrest-sounding guitar riffs. This blend of low-key sweetness with a guitar-driven sound is a beautiful, beautiful thing to behold.
Next, Free Cake gives the Sade song a sweet, whisper-sung indie spin; click here to watch the band perform the song live when they stopped by for a Studio Sessions back in October. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →