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Cakehole Presley Cakehole Presley [EP]

Cakehole Presley: Cakehole PresleyYoud think theyd run out of ideas
  when naming a band, but the intriguing
  Cakehole Presley is a surprising
  addition to the music scene — and the
  folk-rock band
s self-titled, six-track EP
  is available now...


DARK AND MYSTERIOUS, Cakehole Presley occasionally (particularly with the unusual and compelling — and brilliant — track Borrowed Time) reminds me of the sort of music that accompanies French Tragic Mime. You can easily imagine a sexily clad, beret-wearing French siren slinking across the stage. That is, before it gives way to psychedelic folk-rock and the odd Beatle-esque chorus.

Sounding as though they have a great sense of humour — you'd have to have, with a name like that! — Cakehole Presley is difficult to describe. A remarkable band, they are of that rare breed that combines song-writing and style to produce a universally life-affirming sound that is totally unique. Innovative and great to listen to, Cakehole Presley deserve recognition.

Described as "infectious, with a vein of wit and wisdom that runs through their songs that can catapult you up then plunge you down — but never lets go, compelling you to dance your little socks off", they are hailed as "truly an impressive and highly enjoyable band; with a debut CD recently launched, Cakehole Presley are a band going places" (Chapel-cottage.com, re: Raglan Festival).

Cakehole Presley was formed in 2006 and is a four-piece ensemble playing melodic folk. Heavily influenced by The Beatles and Woody Guthrie, their ethos is to "follow central themes of love and peace" throughout their music. The band has been featured on Chris Moyles' top 24 unsigned bands, NME's top unsigned band and Revolution Radio's band of the year — not bad for a relatively unknown, Cardiff-based act.

Skippin' Clouds is enchanting and has an almost jazzy beat that has everything you would need for a potential hit, whereas Me And You is very melodic, more pop-based, and equally terrific. Cakehold Presley are great to listen to.

All the band members — Chris Ridgeway (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Mark Huphres (bass, vocals); Al McLean (guitar) and Alka Jones (drums) — have had extensive experience gigging throughout the UK and Europe before and since forming Cakehole Presley. And they certainly come across as professionals.

With a superb, husky voice, Chris Ridgeway — the lead singer of Cakehole Presley — heads up a bunch of talented musicians who twist a poetic tale around their interesting modern take on Sixties-infused, folk-based melodies with trippy percussion that leave you wishing they had recorded an album instead of an EP.

The band's most recent gigs include Club Love, Cardiff; Cardiff Bay Bank Holiday Festival; Leukaemia Benefit Event, Aberdare; Lansdowne Hotel, Cardiff; and Swell Club, Cardiff. Throughout the rest of the summer, the band will make festival appearances in Wales, Herefordshire, Somerset and at Festival Eye in Wiltshire. And let's hope they head your way — you won't want to miss a beat.

Cakehole Presley's six-track EP Cakehole Presley is available now from Cakehole Presley's website (link below).

Tracklisting — 1 Skippin' Clouds | 2 Sweet Dreams (Little Darlin's) | 3 Borrowed Time |
4 Me And You | 5 Gotta Know Your Name | 6 Small Ideas

Check them out at myspace.com/cakeholepresley.

"Like a naughty little cake, this band are soft and sweet; perfectly equipped in raising a little smile, but are nothing to feel guilty about — their music is very, very good for your hungry ears" — Quench Magazine

"Cakehole Presley — effortlessly lolloping psychedelic folk-pop with a jangle angle. The croak in the singer's voice is a nice touch; the music is super-stoned Summery stumble about fare and I like it. They say they are influenced by Woody Guthrie, The Beatles, Syd Barrett and The Rolling Stones, [but] I also detect The Lovin' Spoonful, Django Reinhardt and jazzjazzjazz..." — Bugbear Bookings (re Hope and Anchor, London)

"With a superb, husky voice, Chris Ridgeway — the lead singer of Cakehole Presley — heads up a bunch of talented musicians who twist a poetic tale around their interesting modern take on Sixties-infused, folk-based melodies with trippy percussion that leave you wishing they had recorded an album instead of an EP" — MotorBar

"This is truly an impressive and highly enjoyable debut, marking Cakehole Presley as ones to watch in the folk scene" — Saima Razzaq (BBC Wales)


In 2007, Cakehole Presley produced a CD, X (Cakehole Records), which they showed to Peppermintiguana.co.uk. "As drummer Alka handed it over, he said: 'I know it ain't your cup of tea, but see what you think.' He was right; this album ticks none of the boxes of the sort of stuff that we usually listen to, except one. That one box is talent. The tick in that talent box is so big and bold it spills out and makes the other boxes irrelevant. Damn — this is a good disc! This comes as a shock as the only other stuff we have in our collection that comes even close to this sort of 'pop' would be Prefab Sprout, Lloyd Cole or maybe the Pale Fountains. This is grown-up pop music of the highest order; this is how The Beatles might have turned out if they had matured without going down the Sgt. Pepper route [and tragically losing both John and George]. Sharp lyrics, beautiful melodies, warm vibes… perfect pop basically!

"It is all fairly laid-back stuff and none of the more rockin' tunes from the live set find their way onto this disc. Love features heavily throughout: 'I don't need to be told what to do; In return I will not tell you; If anyone expects perfection, well poor you; You've got a long wait if you do' Skippin' Clouds tells us… Amen to that, my son! Gotta Know Your Name tells of wanting to get to know a beautiful stranger; Me And You is a tale of a doomed relationship and hints at the mellowness of Pink Floyd's Pigs On The Wing. One of the best CDs we have come across for a very long time, but we cannot really explain why and have no idea where to file it... somewhere we can put our hands on it easily probably!" — PeppermintIguana.co.uk