Bressa Creeting Cake

Biography

What a bizarre little band this one was! Starting off as Breast Secreting Cake, the trio of Joel Milton (drums, tabla, percussion, vibraphone), Geoff Maddock (vocals, acoustic/electric/bass guitars, piano/keyboards, mandolin, vibraphone) and Edmund Cake (vocals, acoustic/electric/bass guitars, percussion) made some of the most diverse, eclectic songs over their short, single album lifespan.

They had to change their name at Creative New Zealand‘s insistence (so that they could get a video grant), and so Bressa Creeting Cake was chosen as the debut album was being prepared.

And what a debut it was!, stretching from the most bizarre, Ween-like take on pop through calypso shuffles, samba numbers and psychedelic freak-outs. College radio success with original single ‘Papa People’ just fueled their fire for the bizarre (their video featured a love scene between a woman and a house-sized Weta (the New Zealand ancestor of the cockroach).

The album in full is a classic, highlighted by ‘The Chip That Sells Millions’ (an ultra-catchy sing-a-long about corn snack flavoring), ‘Rotted Old Bitch’ and the exceedingly chirpy ‘Palm-Singing’. An instant classic that comes highly recommended.

Milton and Maddock went on to form Golden Horse, which has since released a couple of great singles, and an over-rated album. Lastly Edmond Cake surfaced with an album under his own name, then a couple further as Pie Warmer – quite close to the original Bressa Creeting Cake sound.

Members

  • Joel Milton (Drums/Tabla/Percussion/Vibraphone, 1991 – 1999, 2009)
  • Geoff Maddock (Vocals/Bass/Guitar/Keyboards/Mandolin/Vibraphone, 1991 – 1999, 2009)
  • Edmund Cake (Vocals/Bass/Guitar/Percussion, 1991 – 1999, 2009)
  • Dave Nielsen (1991 – 1996?)
  • Jared Johansen (Bass, 1996?)
  • Rachael King (Bass/Guitar, 1996 – 1997)
  • Marnie Wilton (Vocals, 1997)
  • Karl Harris

Discography

  • Papa People EP (1996, Flying Nun Records, FN396)
  • Bressa Creeting Cake (1997, Flying Nun Records, FN385)
  • Palm Singing Single (1997, Flying Nun Records, FNPALM1)

Links

Goldenhorse

i don’t know what to say about goldenhorse. as a fan of geoff maddock’s previous bizarre tour-de-force bressa creeting cake i was disappointed to see him retreat to the relatively ‘safe’ goldenhorse – a band that draws lavish attention, yet fails to deliver its promise on its debut album (its not that the album isn’t pleasant, its just that they’re probably capable of so much more). see the attention has switched to vocal focus point kirstin morelle, a talented, playful vocalist fronting a group of musicians 10 years her senior, which could be mistaken for nothing more than a session musician backing band. gah… i dunno, proove me wrong.
the auckland-based duo of maddock and kristin are flanked by ben king (guitar), vincent hine (bass) and ben collier (drums). the album was the slowest ascending sleeper hit in new zealand’s pop history, taking the better part of 2 years to climb to the top of the new zealand album charts as lead single ‘maybe tommorrow’ started appearing as an advertising favorite, and the band had fully crossed over into an adult contemporary market.
discography
picks in bold

  • ‘golden dawn’ cd single [2002 siren 5512200]
  • riverhead [2002/3/4 siren SRN9001]
  • ‘wake up brother’ cd single [2003 siren 5527890]
  • ‘maybe tommorrow’ cd single [2003 siren GOLDPRO1]
  • out of the moon [2005 capitol 8734592]