The Jimmy Cake‘s long awaited new album ‘Spectre & Crown’ hit the shops on April 11th. The follow up to 2002’s "Dublin Gone. Everybody Dead", ‘Spectre & Crown’ is The Jimmy Cake’s first full album in over 5 years. Have a listen to the second track Jetta’s Palace to see why it was worth the wait.
The launch gig is scheduled for this Friday in The Button Factory. For one night only the ranks of the Jimmy Cake will be further extended by a string quartet & some additional brass players. Also playing are Planet µ ‘s Sunken Foal.
Dublin 9-piece instrumental leviathan The Jimmy Cake return after a five year absence & four personnel changes to release their colossal third album Spectre & Crown. With a stunning support cast consisting of a string quartet & brass ensemble Spectre & Crown is a winding, ecstatic, genre-defying statement from a band in love with music & all of its possibilities. Entirely self-financed & released on their own Pilatus Records label Spectre & Crown is a true declaration of independence & the freedom that can bring, including freedom from all of their money & sanity.
Spectre & Crown also features iconic artwork from renowned Dublin based Japanese artist Atsushi Kaga, to help create one of the most striking CD packages you are likely to see this year or any other.
The Jimmy Cake will be celebrating the launch of Spectre & Crown in The Button Factory on Friday April 18th. Doors are 7.30 and the band will be onstage at 8.30, so don’t be late! Tickets can be purchased in advance from http://www.tickets.ie. Avoid ticketmaster at all costs. The Jimmy Cake will be joined on stage by a string quartet & additional brass musicians making it approximately one million people on stage.
You can check out some tracks and keep up to date with news that’s a few months old at our myspace page: www.myspace.com/thejimmycake Or peruse the various states of undress and madness that is our website: http://www.thejimmycake.org
For those of you outside of Ireland the album, and various other Jimmy Cake stuff, will be available from our online shop in the next week. In the meanwhile, bask in some reflected praise:
"…at the vanguard of Irish instrumental rock. As the man said, you’d need at least five years to produce something as accomplished and inventive as this!" HotPress 4 and 1/2 out of 5
"The production is immaculately precise yet organic, the music epic yet controlled, brimming with piano, accordion, clarinet, trumpet, bass and saxophone…..a single and necessary vision." State Magazine 4 out of 5
"Throughout the album, the listener is treated to an exceptional level of accomplished musicianship, with equal participation and proficiency from all nine members….Welcome back The Jimmy Cake, you’ve been sorely missed." Totally Dublin
"Few bands have mastered how to melt the orchestral sweep of classical music with something that nearly resembles rock music, but The Jimmy Cake has, and with "Spectre and Crown" they have set a stunning template for other collectives, quartets and bands to follow." Westmeath Examiner 10 out of 10
"Boldly goes where few contemporary LP’s dare" Metro