Approaching its 20th anniversary, CAKE’s adherence to its original guiding principles has only grown stronger. Formed during the Nineties as a somewhat antagonistic answer to grunge, CAKE’s democratic processes, defiant self-reliance, and lucid yet ever-inventive music has made the group a nation-state unto itself, with no obvious peers, belonging to no school. In addition to writing, arranging, producing, and performing their own music, the members of CAKE have taught themselves to engineer their recording projects in their own solar-powered studio. CAKE’s most recent album, Showroom of Compassion, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and was touted as “deadpan brilliance” by The New Yorker. The band is currently in the recording studio working on its ninth album, due for release in 2017.