The Sea And Cake Return to The Casbah
Featuring opening act Lia Ices
On Wednesday, December 7, the Casbah played host to two fantastic touring bands: Lia Ices and The Sea and Cake. Lia Ices, from New York, opened up the show with her mellow keyboard-driven pop songs. Her brother was her sole backing member, adding guitar to her otherwise digital sound. Only a few in the crowd appeared to be familiar with Lia Ices, but everyone watched attentively and seemed to enjoy her set. Her latest album, Grown Unknown, was released this year on Jagjaguwar Records.
The Sea and Cake, a major pillar of the Chicago indie music scene, played an extended set of songs that spanned their nine album career (all released though Thrill Jockey Records.) The first half of the set drew heavily from their recent albums, Car Alarm (2007), Everybody (2008), and included a few songs from their newest album, The Moonlight Butterfly (2011). About halfway through the set, they played “Jacking the Ball” from their S/T first album, released in 1994. Despite the length of time that has passed from the release of their first album to their latest, and updates to their sound, The Sea and Cake have always stayed true to their core sound, making the transition between newer and older songs seamless.
They ended the set with a few songs from other older albums as well, to the delight of the crowd. Songs included “The Argument” from The Fawn (1997) and “Leeora” from The Biz (1995). The Sea and Cake left the stage but the crowd didn’t stop making noise until they came back for an encore. They did three songs that again drew from their extensive catalog, performing “An Echo In” from the 2003 EP Glass, the swirling electronically-enhanced “Lyric” from their newest album, and ended the night with the extremely pleasant and dreamy classic “Parasol” from Nassau (1995.) Watching The Sea and Cake perform live, you get to witness all the small details coming together like its second nature to them. The band plays with an effortlessness that only comes from 17 years of experience.